tires result in 33,000 injuries and 660 fatalities
each year on U.S. roads.
Tom Englert, Chief Executive Officer of Discount
Tire says, "Checking a vehicle's tire inflation
pressure is one of the most critical things a
motorist can do to improve their own road safety
and that of their passengers. Improperly inflated
tires often lead to decreased steering and braking
control as well as excessive tire wear. Regular
tire maintenance can lead to longer lasting tires,
better fuel economy and safer vehicles on our
Discount Tire provides free tire air pressure
and tread depth checks by trained tire technicians
at all of its retail stores nationwide.
Donald B. Shea, RMA President and Chief Executive
Officer says, "American motorists are not
aware of the overall impact proper tire maintenance
has on road safety. Tires are the only part of
the vehicle that touch the road so it's very important
that they receive regular basic maintenance to
ensure they function properly."
According to a driver survey conducted by the
Rubber Manufacturers Association:
of drivers do not know how to check their tire
53% of drivers wrongly believe that the correct
inflation pressure is printed on the tire
of drivers don't know how to tell if their
tires are "bald"
73% of drivers do not check the tire pressure
in their spare tire
month, 3-out-of-4 drivers wash their cars
while only 1-out-of-5 correctly checks their
Top 10 Tire Care Tips
1. Don't wait until it's too late - Make it a habit to check your tire
pressure at least once per month and before every long trip. Under
inflated tires cause excess heat build-up that can damage tires and lead to a failure.
2. Know your pressure point - The correct tire pressure is found on a sticker on the driver's door, doorpost or owner's manual not on the tire sidewall - that's the maximum pressure for the tire.
3. Keep your cool - To accurately measure your tire pressure, check tires when they are cold. Wait at least 3 hours after driving.
4. Take care of your spare - Check your spare tire each month and keepit properly inflated so it's ready to go when you need it most.
5. Penny for your thoughts - A penny can tell you if your tire is bald. Place a penny upside down into a tread groove. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, it's time for a new tire.
6. Keep yourself in line - Be aware of potholes that can damage your tire and also jar your car's alignment.
7. Pick a date and rotate - Make sure you rotate your tires every 6,000 miles to promote uniform wear and longer tire life.
8. Don't take a spin without a cap - Driving without your tire valve cap allows for a slow leak of air from the tire and eventual under inflation.
9. Don't lose your balance - It is important to have your tire balance checked periodically to avoid irregular wear.
10. Be a weight-watcher - Overloading your vehicle stresses your tires and can lead to damage.