We all know that this week is National Tire Safety Week. Oh wait, you didn’t know that? We figured that everyone celebrates these tire milestones like we do, but maybe not. Anyway … last year during Tire Safety Week we told you how to PARTY with your tires, and that’s still a great way to remember four important things to check on your tires:
P is for Pressure
A is for Alignment
R is for Rotation
T is for Tread
Y is for Year-round
This year, we’d like to focus our Tire Safety Week efforts on tire pressure and tire tread. We’re zeroing in on these two areas because of a couple of statistics that come courtesy of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA):
1. Only 48% of drivers know where to find the correct inflation pressure for their tires
2. 52% of drivers don’t know how to tell if their tires are bald
Luckily, we have simple solutions to both of these problems. To find the correct inflation pressure for your tires, just look for a sticker that looks like this one on your car (it’s usually in the drivers’ side door jamb):
The highlighted areas show the correct inflation pressure for the front, rear, and spare tires. (By the way, here’s another interesting stat from the RMA: only 33% of drivers have ever checked the pressure of their spare tire! You want your spare to be ready to go if you ever need it – so remember to check the pressure in the spare tire too.)
Learn how to check your tire pressure (a one-minute video from the RMA)
To check if your tires are bald, all you need is a penny. Insert the coin into the tire tread on several different places. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tires are bald and you need new tires, pronto.
Learn how to check your tires’ tread depth (a one-minute video from the RMA)
We hope you’ll take some time this week to give your tires a little TLC. In just a couple minutes, you can identify and correct tire issues that could cause serious trouble down the road. Treat your tires right, and they’ll treat you right!
Image Credit: RMA