- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2005

Check it out. The numbers show that many, many drivers don’t pay any attention to one very easy to control safety item, tire air pressure. Only 15 percent of drivers properly check their tire inflation pressure.

Check at least once a month before tires have been driven even a mile and inflate them to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure, not the pressure listed on the tire sidewall.

Our friends at Bridgestone/Firestone tell us that keeping your tires properly inflated might just prevent a serious accident and even save your life or the life or injury of other people. And properly inflated tires will give you optimum gas mileage and can reduce tire wear.

The correct air pressure for your tires is shown on the tire placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. If your vehicle doesn’t have a placard, check the owner’s manual or consult with the vehicle manufacturer, the tire manufacturer or your local tire dealer for the proper inflation.

And it’s important to check your tires using an accurate tire gauge. Underinflation is the leading cause of tire failure.

There is help available to make sure no one forgets to check his or her tire pressure once a month.

Getting in the habit can be helped by simply going to https://www.tiresafety.com/ and signing up, no charge, for a monthly e-mail reminder to check your air pressure. It’s that simple. You will then receive an e-mail each month reminding you to stop and spend five minutes checking the tire pressure of each of your tires.

If you are ready to check your tires to see if they are properly inflated and would like a free tire pressure gauge, courtesy of Bridgestone/Firestone, just e-mail me at [email protected] We will send a tire gauge to the first 50 people who respond. Have a safe drive.

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