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June 05, 2012

It's PART-y Time – Celebrate National Tire Safety Week with a Bang (but not a blowout)

TireSafetyDivaSmallerJune 3-9 is National Tire Safety Week, instituted by RMA (Rubber Manufacturers Association). Have you planned your big tire party like the diva you are? I know, Tire Safety Week sounds like a pretty dull excuse for a party, but that's not really what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a Tire Safety PART-y. I'm sure you're wondering,,"What's with the caps?" I'm glad you asked!

PART is the acronym for tire safety and care, and if you don't know what it stands for, you could be missing out on some important safety steps. As tires are the only part of a vehicle connecting drivers to the road, awareness of tire safety and maintenance is essential. Take it from Hal Gardner, vice president of marketing communications and market intelligence for Cooper Tire. “National Tire Safety Week is a timely reminder for drivers to check their tires before summer road trips. Cooper Tire is dedicated to educating consumers on routine tire maintenance." 

Let's take a look at how this PART-y breaks down:

Pressure - Under inflation results in tire stress, over heating, reduced load bearing capacity, irregular wear – which could lead to tire failure – maybe even an accident if you don't take control.

A tire can lose up to half of its inflation pressure and not appear to be flat! Also, incorrectly inflated pressures can cause tires to wear unevenly: wear on the outside edge of the tread if the pressure's too low, or wear in the middle of the tread if it's too high. If you don't have a tire gauge, get one, and if you'd like a refresher on how to check your tire pressure, check out our video on how to do it here:

Alignment - A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned. If you see tires that are wearing on only one side, or notice that your car tends to veer to one side while driving, you may have an alignment issue.

Rotation - Regularly rotating your vehicle's tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle's owners manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 5,000 miles, or every two oil changes.

Tread - Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions. Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage. If there is significant irregular wear, you'll want to have your dealer professionally inspect the tires for you. Also, check your tread depth to make sure your tires are not worn out. A handy tool to check your tire tread is a penny! Check out this video on how to check your tire's tread depth:

This Tire Safety Week, visit a Cooper Tire dealer to ensure your tires are road trip ready and learn an at-home monthly maintenance routine on Feel like you're a tire safety expert? Then let's get to the PART-y! Take our Tire Safety Diva quiz and see if you can earn the coveted Tire Safety Tiara

Expert Advice
courtesy of Cooper Tire


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