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Let’s face it, most of the accidents that occur are due to driver error. But there are exceptions. Road hazards, like debris on the road, potholes and black ice are all road hazards encountered year round or seasonal. Black ice is a thin transparent coating of ice found on paved surfaces. It is particularly treacherous because you cannot see it and you’re in trouble without warning. It is bad anywhere you need to have directional control, like turns.

American Road Conditions are Bad

Another problem is that Americas infrastructure is deteriorating. There miles of bad roads in the US just waiting to strike out at the unwary driver. Mechanical failure can be due to bad surface or a failure of some component in the car. Cars are mechanical and therefore they wear out. But mechanical failure is surprisingly rare.
The components most likely to fail and cause an accident are tires, brakes and the suspension.
Tires are the rolling surfaces that support the weight of the car, provide traction for both acceleration and braking and play a primary role in directional control.

Penny Tire Tread Test

Tires are one of the most critical components of a motor vehicle. From mopeds to 18 wheelers we roll on tires. Tires are also a primary point of mechanical failure. Tire failure while in a turn can be telling. Being such a primary component, it is amazingly taken for granted. Groove depth in the tread will give an idea of wear. Though not precise the use a US penny can give an indication of tire wear. Place a penny upside down in the groove. If you can see the top of Lincolns head its time to head for your favorite tire store.

Tire Pressure Inflation

Improper inflation, tire separation and dry rot are all factors in the life span of a tire. Over inflation and the tire rides on the crown, the center area of the tread. Over inflation will cause excessive wear in this region. Low inflation causes accelerated wear of the tread along the edges. Under inflation will also cause excessive heat. Tires flex as the roll, under inflated tires flex more in the extreme and will cause the tire to heat up and heat is an enemy to the tires longevity. Tire separation is when the ply separates from the carcass. This results in bubbles forming in the side walls and are indicators of imminent failure.

Tire Dry Rot

Dry rot is indicated by brittleness as the essential oils are leeched out of the tire. Cracks appear on the tread and sidewalls along with a faded color are all signs of dry rot. Minor dry rot can be treated with a sealant but extensive deep dry rot is a recipe for disastrous tire failure. Dry rot leaks air, but the tire is so brittle it can break apart as your driving. Check out them tires at least once a year for dry rot. The causes are UV rays from the sun, chemical agents like swimming pool chemicals, motor oils and industrial cleaning solutions. Cold, low temperatures can promote dry rot, but so can excessively high temperatures. Sitting, long periods of disuse promotes the problem. Near power lines or transformers, they generate ozone another cause of dry rot and under inflation all contribute.

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Take care of those tires, your welfare is riding on them. If you do get a flat tire or blowout, Calderon Tow & Auto can come out to your location and change out your tire with your spare to get you back on the road again. Call us today!

If you are like most drivers you know how to drive your vehicle without any problems. You were taught how to operate a vehicle without any issues. You have mastered the tips and tricks to make driving safely a breeze. Hopefully you have learned how to properly maintain your car as well. One thing that you may not have learned yet is what to do if you are in an accident. Frequently drivers are not taught what to do if they are in a car accident. Then when you get in a car accident you unknowingly walk away from the accident without taking a few important steps. Today Calderon Tow & Auto is going to share some important steps that you will want to take if you are in a car accident.

Check for Pain & Injury After a Car Accident

The first thing that you want to do after a car accident is stop. Evaluate yourself to see if you are hurt. Then if you have passengers in the vehicle you will want to check on them as well. Hopefully no one in your vehicle is hurt but unfortunately this is not always the case. If you or anyone in your car are hurt you will want to call emergency services or make sure that someone else is calling. After you have checked on the passengers in your vehicle you will want to check on the passengers in any other vehicles that might have been involved in the accident.

Call the Police After a Minor Fender Bender or Major Collision

After you have checked on all of the people involved in the car accident you will want to make sure that the police have been called. It is important to call the police even if no one was hurt in the accident. If you file a claim with your insurance company it is helpful to have police report to accompany your claim. As you wait for the police to arrive do not move the cars for any reason. The police officer will need to see exactly where the cars were after the accident.

Take Pictures of the Car Accident for Insurance

While you wait for the police to arrive you will want to take pictures of the scene of the investigation. Use the camera on your phone to take pictures of the accident scene from all different angles. If there are any visible injuries you will want to take a picture of them as well.

Accident Information Exchange

If there was damage done to any of the vehicles involved insurance claims will need to be filed. You will want to exchange insurance information and contact information with the other drivers. This way you can give the information to your insurance company. Your insurance company will take care of coordinating with the other insurance company to settle the claim. You will want to take care of calling your insurance company as soon as you can.

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If you need your car towed from the scene of the accident Calderon Tow & Auto can help you out. Give us a call and we will help you get your car from the scene of the accident to the mechanic of your choice.

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