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National Tire Safety Week Prompts Drivers To Check Their Tires

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As we head into summer, you might be planning a few road trips, or just thinking about getting your kids to their summer activities.

So, as part of National Tire Safety Week, mechanics are urging you to make sure your tires are in tip-top shape.

Doing a basic check is not all that difficult. It just takes about five minutes to check them out at a shop or even at home, and it could help decrease the risk of a blowout on the road.

"I've had a blowout before," said Cassie Southern of Reno. "I didn't cause an accident, but it was really scary, and it happens."

Experts at shops like Discount Tire are teaming up with the Rubber Manufacturers Association for National Tire Safety Week. It's designed to educate drivers on the essential parts of tire maintenance.

"They know tires are expensive," said Carson Drews, Senior Assistant Manager with Discount Tire on South Virginia Street in Reno. "When you're paying that kind of money for a product, you want to make sure you're doing everything that you can to get the maximum life out of the tires."

You can easily check out the conditions of your tires at home, and one of the things you can do is the penny test.

"You can just take your penny, stick it right in the tread," Drews said. "If you can see Lincoln's head, that gives you the idea of it's time to replace the tire."

The best way to make sure your tires wear evenly is to constantly get a proper wheel alignment, and notice the signs. Experts say if your tires squeal when you turn, or if you notice your vehicle veering to one side when driving street, it's time to get a re-alignment done. Experts say rotating your tires every 5,000 miles can give them a longer life.

If your tire pressure is low, it can eat up your fuel and increase wear. When you fill them up, use the cold inflation pressure specification generally found on the inside of your door.

"Your tire, after you drive on it for a little bit, it will heat up," Drews said. "It can actually vary anywhere from a pound to a three pound difference from the cold inflation pressure."

In the meantime, Discount Tire stores are offering free tire safety inspections even if you didn't buy your tires there.

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