As a Safe Measure, Always Check Your Tire Pressure

Beginning June 2, 2011, the US Department of Transportation has encouraged all drivers to thoroughly inspect their tires to ensure they have the proper inflation while looking for signs of worn treads. The consumer advisory is part of National Tire Safety Week, June 5-11. With the fast approaching summer season, the amount of driving will increase; taking extra precautions is a must.

As the weather warms up, it’s especially important for drivers to ensure their tires are properly inflated…for your safety and the safety of others on the road, inspect your tires regularly and maintain the proper inflation.

-Secretary Ray LaHood

Current data shows that between 2005 to 2009, there were approximately 3400 deaths and 116,000 injuries caused by tire-related crashes.

While it’s true improperly maintained tires can contribute to a crash at any time of year, it is particularly critical for motorists to check tires during hot weather, when families and luggage often overload vehicles for long trips…under-inflated tires spinning on hot asphalt for extended periods of time can be a recipe for disaster.

-NHTSA Administrator David Strickland

Properly inflated tires can actually improve a vehicle’s fuel economy. According to the Department of Energy’s website, under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by .3 percent for every 1 PSI (pound per square inch) drop in pressure of all four tires. With gas prices on the rise, taking a few minutes to check your tires to ensure safe travels is a no brainer.


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