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The Importance of Proper Tires and Correct Tire Inflation on Your Vehicle

Vehicle maintenance is an important task that helps with safety on the road, but one aspect that is often neglected is ensuring that you have proper tires and correct tire inflation. Checking for the correct tire inflation is a very important part of the routine inspection of your vehicle. Ignoring this element could affect your safety, the safety of your passengers, and your insurance coverage. Further, in addition to increasing your overall safety, having the proper tires and correct tire inflation for your vehicle can improve your fuel economy.

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Howard Yegendorf has spent his entire career as a personal injury lawyer protecting the rights of clients who have been seriously injured.

Howard Yegendorf & Associates

Howard Yegendorf has spent his entire career as a personal injury lawyer protecting the rights of clients who have been seriously injured.

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The Importance of Proper Tires

It is important to always have the proper sized tires for your vehicle, which you can verify in your owner’s manual. An ill-fitting set of tires, including different sized tires on the same vehicle, can create serious safety problems. Two different pairs of tires will move differently when you steer.

It also critical to have a safe tire depth, which is usually measured in 1/32 inch increments. Tires are considered unsafe for use when one or more of their grooves reaches 2/32 of an inch deep, compared with about 10/32 of an inch for new tires. Most tire shops will check your tire treads at no charge to ensure your safety.

When you get your tires checked, mechanics also check for uneven tread wear around the edge of a tire, which could indicate an improper wheel alignment. A wheel alignment may be recommended after the tires are replaced. Rotating the tires at each oil change can also help to avoid alignment issues, as your front tires tend to wear quicker since they are leaned on when turning.

Winter tires can also help to reduce the likelihood of having a winter automobile accident. Winter tires provide control, traction and safety in freezing and below freezing temperatures, using a technology whereby specialized soft rubber remains flexible in harsh winter conditions to grip the road. By contrast, all-season tires do not grip the road well in the winter.

Fortunately, the benefits of installing winter tires are gaining attention in Ontario. Although winter tires are not required as they are in Quebec, insurance companies are now required to provide a discount for the installation of winter tires for drivers who are renewing their auto insurance policy or entering intoa new one in 2016. Although the discount amount was not specified when the Minister of Finance announced it at the April 2015 Ontario provincial budget, the common winter tire discount in the insurance industry prior to it being mandated was 5 percent.

The Importance of Correct Tire Pressure

The importance of making it a habit to check your tire pressure monthly to ensure you have the correct level of air pressure in your tires at all times cannot be understated. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicles driven on tires that are underinflated by more than 25 percent are three times more likely to be involved in a crash than vehicles with proper inflation. Tire pressure monitoring systems that are designed to alert a driver of a tire losing air pressure should not be used as a substitute for monthly tire pressure checks as they can fail as well.
To properly control the pressure of your tires, you will first need to know what the recommended tire pressure level is for your vehicle, from your owner’s manual. You can then use a tire gauge and air compressor to ensure that your tire is inflated to the required amount. If a tire is overinflated, the pressure may cause an uneven tread wear, degrade the vehicle ride and comfort, and increase the susceptibility to impact damage. When a tire is inflated less than the manufacturer’s recommended level, then the pressure may similarly cause uneven tread wear and potentially a fatigue breakdown of the tire’s internal structure, resulting in a tread separation or other structural failure. Hydroplaning on wet pavement is also more likely when tires are underinflated.

Your tire pressure will drop as the outdoor temperature drops, which is why, in the winter, it is recommended that you check your tire pressure at least once monthly when the tires are cold (i.e., not in your warm garage). Your tire pressure may also change when your vehicle is overloaded. The pressure should be checked if you hear noise when you turn the corner or if you notice that the handling or steering of your vehicle has changed. Further, if you notice a slow leak, then you should have the tire checked as a small nail, screw or other object could puncture the tire and act as an inefficient plug. These precautionary measures will avoid bad handling (and perhaps even loss of control), save you fuel costs and also prevent loss of the tires’ expected life span.

Keeping You Safe at Howard Yegendorf & Associates

At Howard Yegendorf & Associates, our accident lawyers in Ottawa try to help reduce the risk of accidents as we see many injured victims from preventable auto accidents. We also have accident reconstruction experts that can help if there is a suspicion that an at-fault driver had improper tires or tire pressure. We can review the details of an accident and discuss your legal options with you. If you need a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa or the surrounding area, call us at 1-866-303-5118.

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Rony Podolsky
Rony Podolsky
13:34 19 Jan 18
Mr. Yegendorf is very different than the stereotypical lawyer. He is sympathetic to his clients and eager to help.Probably one of the most ethical, professional and experienced lawyers out there.Highly recommended!
Natalia Bradu
Natalia Bradu
15:46 17 May 17
I can not express my warmest wishes to Howard Yagendorf and his amazing team. I had a great experience working with them and I'm so thankful to his expertise and help in my difficult situation. He guided me and my family through the process and helped us to get the outcome we've never hope about. Great people, great team and overall experience was easy and worry free. Thank you so much.
Michael Dagenais
Michael Dagenais
16:42 14 Mar 17
I have known Howard for nearly 20 years. During that time he not only helped me with sound, expert advice pertaining to a "Ponzi scheme" that devastated my family, he has helped countless others. He is dedicated to the law and a true expert in his field. I know first hand that he has changed the destiny of many of his clients , allowing them to move forward with dignity after suffering catastrophic events. He cares deeply , has dogged determination, vast experience and his team of lawyers and support staff are second to none. I would highly recommend Howard and his team.
Brian Mandelker
Brian Mandelker
15:41 21 Apr 17
Howard is an excellent, meticulous lawyer. Perhaps even more important though, is that he is a compassionate human being. A very good listener and an even better questioner!
Stephen McGill
Stephen McGill
14:22 16 Feb 17
I've known Howard Yegendorf for well over a decade and consider him to be one of the most capable, professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy people I've met in my business career. His attention, compassion and skills were reinforced to me when he helped a very close family member with a potentially serious legal situation. Without hesitation I will continue to recommend Howard and his firm to anyone who wants exceptional legal representation.
Carol Dunlop
Carol Dunlop
02:09 04 Mar 19
2 years ago I was hit by a car on Hunt Club and Riverside intersection in Ottawa, the lady behind the wheel was not looking at me at all even though I had white sign for crossing. She stopped before the traffic light, I stepped on the crosswalk and she just turned right while looking to the left. She bumped me with her car and my foot got stuck under rear passenger wheel. Then she apparently panicked and went backwards rolling over my foot one more time. Later at emergency they diagnosed me with multiple bone fractures, I had to go through 2 complicated surgeries and over a year of rehab before I could use my foot again. And it still hurts when I run, jump, stand for too long or stress it somehow else.Engaging Howard Yegendorf and his team shortly thereafter was one of my best decisions ever. His knowledge, and confidence told me I was working with the best professionals I could have found. Howard guidance was invaluable. He listened and helped me throughout the case. We were both patient and that patience produced positive results.He helped me to deal with insurance company, guided me through LTD insurance and closed my case for really good amount of compensation.
Jonny Hare
Jonny Hare
09:00 05 Mar 19
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
rath khan
rath khan
20:04 28 Jul 19
Receptionist She is always in bad mood. I did observe her a lot. If you are happen to be other ethnicity than caucasian , she will racially profile you. She doesn't have simple courtesy . Also one of the lawyer I dealt with not professional at all and rest of the lawyers I don't know much about them. At this place, you don't feel like they care about your situation much.
rath khan
rath khan
20:04 28 Jul 19
Receptionist She is always in bad mood. I did observe her a lot. If you are happen to be other ethnicity than caucasian , she will racially profile you. She doesn't have simple courtesy . Also one of the lawyer I dealt with not professional at all and rest of the lawyers I don't know much about them. At this place, you don't feel like they care about your situation much.
Jonny Hare
Jonny Hare
09:00 05 Mar 19
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
Julie
Julie
13:50 23 Nov 19
Najma from Howard Yegendorf's office represented me and she is the lawyer you want on your team. Najma has incredible skills at negotiating and getting the results that you deserve.Najma helped me through the worst nightmare of my life and I will always appreciate the compassion she showed me. From the moment I handed my case to Howard Yegendorf and Associates it was like a weight was lifted off of me and I knew everything was going to be just fine.
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