Tire experts share tips for safe tires after blowout causes rollover crash
PASCO, Wash. —
A violent rollover crash in Pasco on Monday was the result of worn out tires and a blowout.
The Washington State Patrol says the crash took place on Interstate 182 when a car left the roadway and rolled into the median.
An ambulance transported the driver to Kadlec Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
Law enforcement and tire experts say blowouts are often caused by balding tires and can lead to dangerous situations on the road.
Traffic Officer Jeffrey Cobb, who serves in the Pasco Police Department, says, "When you don't have that grip or that stickiness to the roadway, your ability to control, to brake and to accelerate are all affected, which leads to a dangerous situation for yourself, but also to all of the other drivers on the road."
Action News showed photos of the car's tires to Leon Stafford, who works at the Perfection Tire in Pasco. He says the balding tires are likely due to the alignment not being correct.
“If alignment’s not proper, the tires aren't going to wear evenly and they'll wear even on the inner and outer edges and then they will wear out prematurely, so basically you're just taking money and tossing it down the drain,” he says.
To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, Stafford says make sure there's no weather cracking on the tire and check to see if it still has a deep tread.
The legal limit for Washington state is 2/32-inch, but Stafford recommends at least having 3/32-inch.
If you're not sure about the tread, car owners can get their tire checked by a mechanic. Another option is to use a penny to check the tread. If the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head can be seen, it doesn’t have enough tread to be legal.
Ofc. Cobb says anyone caught with their tread below the legal limit could get a ticket for 136 dollars.
Stafford says checking the alignment and the tire's air pressure are also important.
Finally make sure the tires are not too old: "If they're over 8 years old, it's not ‘Are they going to pop?’ It's
‘When are they going to pop?’"
Doing all of this can keep you and everyone else safe when the rubber meets the road during this busy summer driving season.