Though many have already cast their ballots, Americans are days away from electing the 45th president of the United States of America. And as you might imagine, the vast majority of the electorate will head to the polls by car, according to a newly released survey.
Nearly 66% of likely voters plan on driving to their polling place on Election Day, Hankook Tire reported from its latest Tire Gauge Index poll. Interestingly, however, certain portions of the country will be driving in droves, with others more inclined to use alternative forms of transportation. For example, nearly 90% of Southerners intend to make their way by automobile, while nearly half that number will drive in the West (41%).
Many prefer to keep their vote private, not wanting to wear their political colors on their sleeves. The shade of car they drive may depict party leanings, though, as nearly 30% of registered motorists have red or blue automobiles, the survey found.
38% 'vote' potholes as most dangerous road hazard
As important as voting may be, safety takes priority. Speaking of which, many Americans are hopeful that the next president will prioritize transportation infrastructure, investing in the fixes needed to repair worn down streets and bridges. In fact, nearly 40% of respondents in the Hankook Tire poll cited potholes as the riskiest road hazard.
Potholes form over time when pooling water freezes and thaws, causing pavement to erode. As might be expected, potholes tend to be the most prolific on roadways that are highly trafficked, typical in the city and on highways. Hitting potholes at an excessive rate of speed can sometimes lead to an accident or cause tire damage.
Your tires are the only elements of the car that touch the road, so it's important to monitor them on a fairly routine basis. Few make their tires a priority, as less than 1 in 5 knows how to check their air pressure, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Additionally, just 50% of drivers know where to look for instruction on how much pressure their tires need for peak performance.
Before you motor on over to your polling destination on Nov. 8, here are a few tire tips to keep in mind:
Check pressure monthly
With cold temperatures beginning to settle in, your tires may lose air pressure. Get into the habit of checking how much pressure they have with a properly calibrated tire gauge, which is the most accurate way to determine how much air you need. Avoid "eyeballing" your tires pressure level, as this method is highly ineffective.
Read numbers on sidewalls carefully
You can look to at least two places for specifics on how much air your tires need: your owner's manual, and on your tires' sidewalls (it may also be inside of the driver's side door). But be advised that the number listed on the sidewalls represents the maximum PSI level, not necessarily the right amount.
Check your tires when they're 'cold'
After you've driven for several hours, pressure naturally builds inside the tires, leading to confusion about how much air your tires actually need, because the recommended amount assumes your car has been at rest. Thus, it's best to check your air pressure before you hit the roads. If not then, shortly after that.
Wherever you tread on Nov. 8 and whichever candidate you pull the lever or fill-in the circle for, you can't go wrong when you elect to drive there safely.