National Tire Safety Week
May 28– June 3 is National Tire Safety Week, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding drivers that proper tire maintenance is essential for safety and for reducing the cost of vehicle ownership. Whether you’re getting ready for a summer road trip or just performing routine maintenance on your vehicle, don’t forget that your tires are important for safety and savings.
- Only 19% of consumers properly check and inflate their tires.
- 1 in 4 cars have at least one tire that is significantly underinflated.
- Tires lose about 1 psi (pound per square inch) of pressure each month. Be sure to check your tires monthly.
- Proper tire inflation can save you 11 cents per gallon on fuel and can extend the average life of a tire by 4,700 miles.
NHTSA offers everything you need to know about tires and safety on nhtsa.gov. It covers: buying tires, maintaining them, how age can affect their safety, and the important information contained on their labels. Want to be Tire Wise? Check out these helpful tips and look to the site for even more information.
- Buying Tires: Know the size tires needed for your vehicle type and how the season will affect your tires. Winter, summer, all-terrain, and all-season tires offer different safety solutions.
- Registering Tires: Register your tires with the tire manufacturer, online, or by mail to get information in the event of a recall.
- Maintaining Tires: Tire health ensures your safety and your savings. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and rotated regularly to avoid a flat tire, blowout, or the tread coming off your tire.
- Understanding Tire Labels: There’s a ton of information on your tires that tells you about how they work with your vehicle and their effects on its performance. Understanding the tire labels for your passenger vehicle or light truck is important for maintaining and buying new tires.
- Replacing Tires: You should stop using worn or aged tires for several reasons, including if a tire’s tread is worn down to a minimum depth using the penny test. Look for signs of physical damage (cuts, cracks, bulges, etc.), or signs of irregular wear or other damage due to under inflation or overloading. If you notice any tire performance issues, such as failing to maintain proper tire inflation pressure, noise, or vibration, consult a tire service professional.
- Keeping Tires Green: Underinflated tires reduce your vehicle's fuel economy and increase the amount of greenhouse gases and other pollutants that fossil fuel burning vehicles release into the air.
This summer, as you head out with family and friends, stay safe—and save money—by staying Tire Wise. For more information, visit https://www.safercar.gov/tires/index.html or https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/tires.
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