30 Seconds To Safer Driving
You are driving down the highway listening to your favorite tune and thinking about the start of your weekend. As you change lanes at 70 mph, you suddenly hear a loud pop and feel your steering wheel jerk. Instinctively, you hit the brakes to slow down which completes your stroke of bad luck by throwing your vehicle into a spin. You have just experienced a rear tire blowout. As you spin out of control, panic takes a death grip on you as you brace yourself to get hit by another vehicle, hit a stationary object or cross into oncoming traffic. Is this how life ends?
Does this sound like a fun thing to expose you or the other drivers in your household to?
Every morning, before I get into my vehicle I walk around it one time to check for anything out of the ordinary. Most of the surface of each tire is exposed and I have color coded valve caps on the tires that provide an immediate visual signal if my tire pressure is getting low or is already dangerously low. At my office, we have 5 vehicles that we drive on a daily basis and this small 30 second walk around the car has alerted us to 7 different incidents of nails or screws embedded into the tires within the past 12 months.
I also have the team check our tire pressure weekly because it is very important for certain defensive and high speed vehicle maneuvers. I think for most people once a month should suffice, or at the very least, you should check your tire pressure when temperatures change with the seasons. When it starts getting really hot or really cold, you can bet your tires will need attention (car batteries too!). I also keep our tires on a strict rotation schedule, but I would venture to guess most car owners don’t pay attention to tread wear and rotation until they have a flat. Figure out how often your tires need to be rotated and get them done during oil changes.
One thing I have learned during my career is how our vehicles can perform super feats during emergencies if they are maintained in their proper condition. The one time that you need your vehicle to perform under a life and death situation is not the time to find out your battery isn’t working, your tires have steel threads poking out and you are out of gas.
Professionals are prepared for things to go wrong right now. Be a professional and take 30 seconds to walk around your vehicle each morning.