Handy Tire Safety Tips for Women
By AskPatty on June 06, 2014
With American drivers putting more than 2,969 billion miles on their tires each year, and NHTSA reporting more than 11,000 tire-related crashes annually, maintaining your vehicle’s tires is crucial to ensuring its safety on the road. As part of Tire Safety Week, AskPatty is reminding you that it’s important to regularly check your tire pressure and review your tires’ wear so that you can keep your car -- and your passengers -- at their safest.
While maintaining your vehicle’s tires is not only crucial to ensuring safety on the road, it is also an essential step to getting better fuel economy. “We encourage all motorists to do their ‘PART’ and check vehicle tire Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread on a regular basis,” says Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. Find out how you an do your PART for tire safety here at AskPatty.
Why Put New Tires on the Rear Axle?
Traditional automotive maintenance recommendations suggest changing all four tires at once when they reach the end of their useful life. And that makes perfect sense when tires have been rotated carefully and have worn evenly throughout their lifespan.
But sometimes, a driver may only be able to change two: maybe because poor alignment or improper inflation has caused two tires to wear dramatically differently from the other two, or because an unrepairable flat in one tire requires replacing a pair to keep the vehicle stable. And when that happens, where do you install the better pair? Do new tires go in the front or rear?
This Dashboard Light Could Save Your Life!
Do you know what this dashboard light means? It is your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) telling you that one (or more) of your tires is dangerously under-inflated.
Under-inflated tires are estimated to cause thousands of car crashes and hundreds of deaths each year, yet 42 percent of drivers still can’t identify the TPMS vehicle dashboard icon, and 1 in 10 surveyed admit to having intentionally ignored a TPMS warning and continued to drive!
Learn more about your Tire Pressure Monitoring System here at AskPatty.
Tire Safety for Summer Road Trips
Summer is here, which means that families across the country are starting to make plans for their summer road trip adventures. If you'll be taking an extended road trip in the next few months, we've got some safety tips to make sure your tires are ready to roll.
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