It’s one of the leading causes of serious injuries and fatalities in car accidents today. Tire blowouts are a common site when driving down the highway, skid marks and tire shavings littering the shoulder. A tire blowout is every driver’s nightmare, meaning the expense of a tow truck and fixing damages that occurred because of the blowout, besides for new tires and the possibility of serious injury. Recycling tires regularly and replacing them with new ones can help drivers reduce the risk of blowouts.
Mechanics and tire manufacturers warn that when tire treads start to wear down it’s time to replace them. Drivers should recycle tires to be used for rubber mulch, thereby helping themselves, their cars, and the environment. Many major tire retailers have made it easy to turn recycled tires into playground mulch with different options to help drivers dispose of old tires.
Nine percent of passenger cars are being driven on at least one “bald” tire. For purposes of the survey that relayed this information, a tire was considered bald if it had 1/16th of an inch or less of tread depth.
Drivers are strongly recommended to install the best tires on rear wheels. In practice, if only the front tires are replaced, which often occurs because they tend to be worn out more quickly than the rear ones (especially for front wheel drive vehicles), it is necessary to move the rear tires to the front and fit the new ones on the rear wheels. Progressive technological developments are in progress that should reduce the number of tire blow-outs. However, considering the time necessary to renew the number of cars on the roads, this very simple and inexpensive recommendation should apply to all cars and especially to vans.
Drivers who recycle tires do more than save the environment, they save themselves from potential injury and a whole load of headaches. There is a reason that rubber mulch is made from recycled tires; it’s a smart decision for everyone.