Before Taking A Summer Trip, Check Your Tires

Inflate tires and check Pressure of tires

Des Moines, Iowa – It won’t officially be summer for a few weeks yet, but many Iowans are already taking their summer road trips — and some of them will be riding on underinflated tires. Anne Forristall-Lake, president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association, says only 17-percent of drivers surveyed know how to properly check their tire pressure.

When you check a tire’s pressure, the temperature of the tire is key.

Every year, she says there are 11-thousand accidents nationwide that are tire-related. If you have a blow-out, you’ll need to change out the damaged tire for a spare, but some new vehicles don’t come equipped with a spare.

About one in three drivers don’t know how to tell if their tires are bald. To see if the tires are road-worthy, turn a penny upside down and stick it in the tire tread. If you can see the top of President Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace the tire.

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