Some of the car accidents happen because the most important safety accessory of the car, the tyres, are not in good condition. As we all know, accidents do happen and you can wonder why they happen. There can of course be numerous reasons, like distraction, something unexpected happens or people are driving too fast. Some of these could be avoided with better tyres. Good high quality tyres enable you to stop faster and in shorter distance than with tyres that have bad tread depth or are in bad condition.
Taking care of your tyres, regardless if you use summer tyres, winter tyres or all-weather tyres is essential. You will need to check that they are in good condition, that they have sufficient tread depth, which is above 4mm. Tyre pressure is also important. If you have over inflated or under inflated tyres, they are not performing optimally, and you will not have optimal control over your vehicle. Since the temperature has an affect on the tyre pressure, it is important to check it more regularly when you have big temperature shifts. Also when you drive on a summer vacation, from e.g. Northern Europe to Southern Europe, the big temperature difference makes it very important to check the tyre temperature also when you have arrived to your final destination.
Wrong tyre pressure also impacts the rolling resistance, making your tyres to wear out faster than intended. This means that you will need to replace them sooner than expected and your replacement cost increases. Your fuel consumption also increases as your vehicle will consumer more petrol as you drive. So not only your safety is impacted, but also your finances, as you end up spending extra money while being less safe and be more likely to be in an accident.
The braking distance will increase when driving with wrong tyre pressure, with bad tyres or with tyres with low tread depth. This impacts your driving safety and you will have less control and grip when you drive. This is what mainly causes accidents, losing control over your vehicle due to aquaplaning, or when taking curves or then having tire failures. The longer braking distance due to bad tyres is also increasing the chance to be in an accident.