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Are worn tires dangerous?

As the owner of a motor vehicle, you have a responsibility to keep it in good working condition at all times. If you neglect to do so, you are putting yourself, your passengers, and others on the road in a dangerous position.

Tires that are worn out do not perform as well as those with more tread life. Take for instance bald tires on a wet road. In this case, it is difficult for the tire to make its way through the water. As a result, contact with the road is lost and there is a greater chance of an accident.

Here are a couple of other things to consider:

-- Tires with less than half their tread depth take longer to stop in wet weather. This could be the difference between avoiding an accident and colliding with another vehicle.

-- Poor performance in winter weather. Just the same as rain, low tread and snow is never a good combination.

Every driver should make it a habit to inspect their tire tread from time to time. This is particularly true if you know you are driving on older tires that may need replaced in the near future.

There is no denying the fact that worn tires are dangerous. This is no guarantee of an accident, but it definitely increases your risk.

Unfortunately, even if you pay close attention to the safety of your tires, other drivers may not do the same. Subsequently, another driver could cause an accident that involves your vehicle. When this happens, this person could be held responsible for any injuries and damages.

Source: Consumer Reports, "How safe are worn tires?," accessed June 16, 2016

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