Memorial Day weekend is usually the unofficial start to summer for many people, and driving vacations are on the rise. About 40% of Americans are taking driving vacations these days, and we’re spending about 4-5 days on the road at a time, according to a new survey of American travelers.
America is a driving country, and we often get into our cars day after day without thinking about the safety of our tires that propel us down the road. To coincide with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) is holding its annual “National Tire Safety Week”, with its slogan “Know Your Roll,” which aims to educate American drivers about proper tire care and maintenance.
Here in Arizona, Discount Tire, the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, will support National Tire Safety Week with complimentary tire safety checks at more than 980 tire retail stores. You can pull into any Discount Tire store during the week and get your tires checked out for safety. If your tires are found to be worn badly, the Discount Tire folks will gladly offer you money-saving promotions, tire safety tips and rebates on new tires.
Tips for Tire Safety
Here are the top five tire safety tips from Discount Tire:
Check Your Tread – A tire’s tread depth can determine a vehicle’s safe stopping distance. You can check your tread depth by sticking a penny upside-down in a tread groove. If you can see President Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires.
Ensure Proper Tire Pressure – Low tire pressure can lead to poor handling and gas mileage, excessive wear and decreased steering and braking control. Drivers should check their tire pressure at least once a month, and especially before any long trip. Use a dependable air gauge or stop by any Discount Tire location to take advantage of complementary air checks.
Rotate Often – Tires should be rotated at least every 6,000 miles or earlier if irregular or uneven wear develops.
Inspect Your Trunk – Some new vehicles no longer come equipped with a spare tire, opting instead for tire inflation kits that feature puncture coating sealants and air compressors, or even run-flat tires. Check your trunk to see what your vehicle contains and make sure you have a plan to deal with any flat tires.
Don’t Overload – The combination of heat and overloading a vehicle is one of the most dangerous conditions for a vehicle’s tires as overloaded tires can overheat and potentially fail.
Enjoy your upcoming National Tire Safety Week over Memorial Day weekend 2018.