One of the simplest things you can do as a Georgia motorcyclist is to ensure that you maintain the proper tire pressure, but many riders don’t do this on a regular basis. Instead, they will only think to check the tires when the bike starts to handle in a sluggish fashion. Failing to regularly monitor tires can be very dangerous and can significantly reduce the chance of an accident.
The Dangers of Underinflated and Overinflated Tires
Underinflated tires can be a serious danger to a motorcyclist because they limit traction, decrease stability, and increase susceptibility to tire failure. Tires that are overinflated will cause excessive stretching of the sidewalls, thus building up heat in the tire and producing greater damage from normal road impacts. Excessive heat can also accelerate interior separations in tires. These separations are unseen and are the main cause for blowouts.
Additionally, if you ride on overinflated tires you can reduce riding comfort as well as bike stability. Overinflated tires are more susceptible to cuts, punctures, or other damage due to a sudden impact. Increased PSI in a tire can result in uneven wear and a reduction of a tire’s contact area with the surface of the road, which reduces the tire’s grip while cornering.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), proper tire pressure puts the correct amount of tire in contact with the road and improves control, which can be extremely important in an emergency situation. Riders should always consult the owner’s manual for the recommended cold PSI (pounds per square inch) settings.
Injured? Our Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Want to Help!
Motorcyclists should make it a habit to regularly check tire pressure and inspect tires for uneven wear. The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. want you to ride safely and arrive alive. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents occur even when riders follow road safety practices. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, you likely need legal guidance to understand your rights and to file a personal injury claim. We invite you to contact our firm to learn more about your options for pursuing compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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