Jun 3, 2013 Nashville, TN

Inflate, Rotate and Evaluate: Bridgestone Americas Shares Tips for National Tire Safety Week

Bridgestone offers tips for tire safety in honor of National Tire Safety Week, held the first week in June

As families hit the road on vacation this spring and summer, it’s critical they check the condition of their tires before they set off. To promote the importance of tire safety, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (Bridgestone Americas) is sharing a few tips for safe travel in conjunction with the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s National Tire Safety Week, June 2-8.

“This spring and summer, many families will take to the roads to enjoy time away from school and work,” said Gregg Trosper, Manager, Consumer Education, Bridgestone Americas. “Our tires are the only parts of the car that touch the road, so checking tread and proper inflation is critical to help ensure safe road travel. If drivers ‘Inflate, Rotate and Evaluate,’ they’ll find peace of mind on their vacations.”

To learn more about tire safety, Bridgestone Americas encourages drivers to visit a website with how-to articles, tips and facts, including:

  • Inflate: The most important aspect of tire maintenance is proper tire inflation. Tires can lose one psi (pounds per square inch) per month under normal conditions. While three out of four drivers wash their cars monthly, only one out of seven correctly checks tire pressure.
  • Rotate: Regular tire rotations also will help prevent irregular and premature wear. Forty percent of drivers have not rotated their tires within the recommended interval of at least 5,000 miles.
  • Evaluate: Routinely look for signs of tread wear or damage. The “penny test” is a simple way to check tread wear. Place a penny in the tread. If Lincoln’s head is visible, the treads are too worn and need replacing. 

Drivers interested in having their tires inspected for free by a professional can visit Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC (BSRO) stores, including Firestone Complete Auto CareTires PlusExpertTire and Wheel Works.