That’s the number of traffic fatalities that occurred in 2016 where tire malfunction was a contributing factor, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. So, how do you keep that thing between you and the road in good condition?

  • Make sure you are using the right size tires for your vehicle
  • Rotate your tires and align your wheels regularly to prevent improper wear and tear
  • Inflate your tires to the proper pressure (don’t over or under-inflate)
  • Be aware of your tread, inspect your tires and look for how deep your tread is and if your tires are showing signs of age
  • Don’t overload your car
  • Carry a spare and tools to change a flat tire

— Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council