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Are Your Tires Safe for that Next Road Trip?

Summer is finally here and for many this means loading up the car to travel to exciting destinations. Before you venture out, though, you need to make sure your tires are ready for the long trip ahead. By following a few simple tips, you can make sure your summer trip is enjoyable and your family stays safe.

According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), it is important to take five minutes every month, and before every long drive, to check your tires, including the spare. Through their campaign, called “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART”, they bring awareness to the importance of checking your tire pressure and tread wear, and they offer tips and information about driving factors that can affect tire pressure, alignment and rotation.

Here are some ways to make sure your tires are ready for the road!:

  • Make sure you check your tire pressure each month, and before long trips, to make sure it is at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended level.

  • The correct cold inflation pressure for your tires is listed on the vehicle label on the door post, fuel door, glove box or in the owner’s manual. “Cold inflation pressure” refers to the pressure in a tire that has not been driven for at least three hours. As tires warm during driving, it is normal for pressure to build up. Never “bleed” or reduce air pressure when tires are hot.

  • The tire pressure listed on your sidewalls is the maximum pressure and is not intended to serve as notification of the correct pressure.

  • Under inflation creates excessive stresses and heat and may lead to tire failure. It is also important to avoid over inflation. This can cause uneven wear and handling and stopping problems.

To learn more safety tips regarding tire tread and vehicle loading and overloading, I urge you to visit the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) website. Tires that are improperly maintained often become the culprit for serious injury crashes, especially on the interstates. Before you leave, make sure yours are ready for travel.

By: Kay Van Way | December 5th, 2015

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