When it comes to road safety, a flat tire is one of the worst situations to be caught in when driving. That’s because most flat tires happen spontaneously, causing the driver to swerve off the road, pull over on the shoulder, or worse collide into another vehicle.
But with the launch of the latest non-pneumatic tires by Polaris, the days of flat tires may be well over.
As early as next year, consumers may have access to an airless, military-inspired tire that will evade the chance of any flats whatsoever. With an innovative web-like design made of a proprietary plastic, drivers will no longer have to face unsafe road conditions when it comes to dealing with a blown tire.
Long gone will be the days of flat tires.
“The tire works very similar to a bicycle wheel, where the load is carried in tension across the top of the wheel,” says Polaris spokesperson Jason Difuccia. “The bottom of the wheel is designed to give in to obstacles like rocks, curbs, and other terrain.”
The good news is that daily drivers can look forward to a smooth ride thanks to its shock-absorbing tread and springy mesh-like design. As for its official launch and price point, Polaris hasn’t yet released information.
For more info on tires available today, check out the OneShift Tyres page.
Road Safety: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are
Because of inherent human error, car technology will never fully keep our roadways accident-free. That’s why it’s never been more important to stay safe the old-fashioned way with common sense and a conservative approach to the way you drive. The old saying rings true: do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Until the latest and greatest tires are released for consumer use, here’s what you can do to stay safe.
The penny test is an easy way to see whether your tires need replacing. Turn a penny on Lincoln’s head – if the tread touches Lincoln’s head, you’re in the clear. If the tread falls short, you need to replace your tires.
Not only is tire pressure important for gas consumption, but it’s also essential for tire safety. An overly inflated tire can lead to bald spots that can blow the tire. On the other hand, a tire with insufficient pressure can cause your vehicle to handle poorly – an especially hazardous situation in inclement weather. Check your tire pressure requirements and make sure to keep them appropriately filled. If you are unsure, have them checked at a professional car service station.
Front and rear tires wear differently – that’s why it’s important to regularly rotate them to ensure even wear. When tires are too worn, blowouts can be common, leading to car accidents and unsafe road conditions. Check your owner’s manual to find out how often you should rotate your tires or check with a car service station.
About Michael Pines
Michael Pines is a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC in San Diego, California. He is an accident and injury prevention expert, on a campaign to end senseless injury one article at a time.
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