Safety Mission

SAFETY HONORS

Our tires are the only tire plants to have received OSHA’s highest honor. Nine Bridgestone and Firestone facilities have earned Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR status (OSHA’s highest honor). In addition to awards for quality and safety from major automotive manufacturers in the state, we are a six-time recipient of the TN Governor’s Award for Excellence.

TEENS DRIVE SMART

The Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Teens Drive Smart program is designed to equip young drivers with knowledge and skills to make smarter decisions behind the wheel. By taking part in the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience, young drivers across the country have the chance to learn potentially life-saving driving skills. The free program pairs classroom instruction with hands-on driving exercises led by highly trained instructors. In addition to teaching practical driving maneuvers, the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience spotlights the dangers of distracted driving and underscores the importance of proper vehicle maintenance.

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TIRE SAFETY

Tires are the only part of a vehicle that touch the road. The spot where each tire meets the road is relatively small—approximately the size of a post card. When you think about that, it’s clear how important it is to properly maintain your tires. Here are three easy steps to follow when performing regular tire maintenance:

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Rotate

Regular tire rotations will help prevent irregular and premature wear. For maximum mileage, rotate your tires according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations; if not provided, rotate every 5,000 miles.

Inflate

Tires can lose one psi (pounds per square inch) per month under normal conditions. Always keep the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure in all your tires, including the spare. Check tire pressure monthly and before long trips or carrying extra weight.

Evaluate

Look for signs of uneven wear or damage. The penny test is a simple way to check tread wear. Place a penny—Lincoln’s head down—in the tire’s tread. If Lincoln’s head is visible, the tire is worn out and needs to be replaced. If you see cuts, cracks, or bulges, have the tire inspected by a service professional.