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How safe are your tires?

You may be surprised!  Did you know that it is National Tires Safety week?

Too many motorists face injury or death by driving around on unsafe, bald tires.  According to one survey in 2009, as many as 11% of vehicles have at least one bald tire.  Not only do you have to worry about your tires, you have to worry about the tires on vehicles around you .

Say you are driving down the highway at full highway speed, when the vehicle in front of you slams on his breaks.  You react by slamming on your breaks and fortunately for you, you have good tires with plenty of tread life on them.  How about the car behind you??   For your sake, I hope they have good tire tread so that they can safely stop and not crash into you.

Do yourself a favor and take a moment to try the Lincoln Penny test on your tires.  Click here.

A radial tire can lose much of its air pressure and still appear to be fully inflated. Operating a vehicle with substantially under-inflated tires can result in a tire failure, such as instances of tire separation and blowouts, with the potential for a loss of control of the vehicle. Under-inflated tires also shorten tire life and increase fuel consumption.

Tires should be inflated according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. These can be found in the owner’s manual or on a placard, which is often located in the glove compartment or on the driver’s doorjamb. Motorists should not rely on visual tire inspections to determine whether a tire is properly inflated but should use a tire pressure gauge to do so.

Check out the link below for a complete set of Tire Safety Tips.

National Highway  Transportation Safety Administration Tire Safety Information

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