Georgia drivers should keep their tires maintained if they want to reduce their chances of being involved in a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11,000 car accidents each year are caused by tire failure. As the spring weather gets warmer in Georgia, the heat can play a major role in a vehicle's tire performance. Exposure to high temperatures and repeated driving on hot roads can cause tires to wear down faster than they normally would. Worn tires can lead to such problems as under-inflation, tire blowouts and tread separation.
A crash last year on Interstate 16 has prompted lawmakers to propose a bill that would put tougher restrictions on how fast trucks can travel on Georgia highways. Currently, any vehicle caught going more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit is subject to Super Speeder penalties, which consistent of a fine of $200 on top of any fines associated with the traffic ticket. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the new legislation proposes to make truckers driving 100,000 pound commercial vehicles "Super Speeders" at only 10 miles per hour above the speed limit. The threshold for cars and other non-commercial vehicles would not change.