Always Perform Proper Maintenance
As part of National Tire Safety Week (May 28 - June 3), NHTSA is reminding drivers that proper tire maintenance is essential for safety and for saving on the cost of vehicle ownership. Whether you’re getting ready for a Memorial Day weekend road trip or just performing routine upkeep on your vehicle, don’t forget that your tires are important for safety and savings.
On average there are nearly 11,000 tire-related motor vehicle crashes each year and nearly 200 people will die in those crashes. That’s reason enough to properly maintain your tires. NHTSA offers everything you’ll need to know about tires and safety on its TireWise website. It covers everything: buying tires, maintaining them, how age can affect their safety, and the important information contained on their labels.
Safety is obviously the number one concern when it comes to tire maintenance. But if your tires are underinflated you’re also costing yourself money. Underinflated tires reduce your vehicle's fuel economy and increase the amount of greenhouse gases and other pollutants that fossil-fuel-burning vehicles put into the air. Keeping your tires properly inflated can save you up to 9 cents per gallon. Your tires will also last longer, as proper tire inflation can extend a tire’s life by 4,700 miles.
Tire safety and maintenance are especially important for 15-passenger vans. Excessively worn or improperly inflated tires can lead to a loss of vehicle control and possibly a rollover. NHTSA research also shows that 15-passenger vans have a rollover risk that increases dramatically as the number of occupants increases from fewer than five to more than ten. So take special care if you drive or ride in one of these vehicles. Inspect the tires and check tire pressure before each use.
TireWise is a great safety resource, so check it out. With all these resources there’s no excuse for not performing proper tire maintenance. So, wherever you travel this summer or beyond, remember: your safety is riding on your tires, so take care of them. Before you take to the road, tend to your tires.