Retailer Discount Tire wants to make sure drivers across the country are riding on safe tires as the busy summer road trip season begins.
During National Tire Safety Week, more than 1,000 Discount Tire stores in 35 states will offer complimentary tire safety checks for any driver, along with special promotions and rebates on new tires. An annual initiative of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, National Tire Safety Week is May 20-27.
With AAA anticipating over 50 million Americans planning to take a road trip this year, National Tire Safety Week is a reminder for drivers to check their vehicles before hitting the road.
Discount Tire has four tire safety tips every driver should know:
Check your tires – Summer’s heat can impact tire safety and performance. Check air pressure and tread depth at least once a month and before long trips.
Know their age – The older a tire, the higher its risk for failure. As a tire ages, the rubber becomes brittle, losing elasticity and strength. The age of your tire can be found by checking the DOT number stamped on its sidewall. Discount Tire recommends replacing any tire that’s six years old or older.
Check your trunk – Many new vehicles are replacing spare tires with tire inflation kits that include puncture-coating sealants and air compressors, or even run-flat tires. Check to see what your vehicle has and make sure you have a roadside-assistance plan.
Don’t overload – Before loading your vehicle for a road trip, check the manufacturer specifications for load-carrying capacity. Overloading has an impact similar to driving on underinflated tires.
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