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Don’t Like Pressure? Your Tires Do

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - Investing a little time and effort to make sure your tires  are road worthy can pay dividends when it comes to safety.

Experts say the  first step is to make sure your tires are properly inflated.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,  underinflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000  injuries each year. Simply checking your tire pressure can help you stay safe  during your next trip.

To get the most from your tires this summer, here are some maintenance  tips from the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer-Discount Tire:

• Get Pressure Right—Low  tire pressure can decrease fuel economy. Tires may lose up to one pound per  square inch per month. The specific inflation pressure number can be found on  the vehicle placard located on the driver’s side doorpost, glove box  door, fuel door or in the owner’s manual. Custom tires and wheels may  change standard air pressure requirements, so if you customize, have a pro  check them out before you go.

• Don’t Overload  Vehicle—Overloading decreases fuel economy due to increased wind  drag and cargo weight. Handling, control and braking are also negatively  impacted.

• Rotate Before You Go—Regular  rotation helps achieve uniform tire wear and improves road performance. Tires  rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles have longer life and help to maximize your  tire investment.

• Straighten Up—Proper  wheel alignment provides safe, predictable vehicle control and helps tires  wear evenly and last longer.

• Bald Isn’t Beautiful—Lack  of tread affects the tire’s ability to grip the road. Make sure tires  don’t have uneven wear, high or low spots or unusually smooth areas  that can decrease traction and increase the risk of road accidents.

A Five-Minute Fix

Checking tire pressure and tread is easy and can pay dividends when it  comes to fuel economy and handling. Don’t go by appearances. Use a tire  gauge to check since a tire can be 50 percent underinflated but still not  appear flat.

Make it a habit to check tire pressure every month and always before a  long trip. Use the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure.

Additionally, check tire tread depth by using the “penny test.”   Insert Abe Lincoln’s head upside down into the tread. If you see his  entire head, it’s time to replace the tire.

To learn more about tire safety, visit www.discounttire.com.