Being Tire Smart During Summer Travels

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email

By: Elizabeth Nickerson

May 20, 2013

Tallahassee, FL--Imagine a beach and the soothing sound of waves. Before you head that way for your summer travels, AAA recommends to check some things off your list.

James Taylor, a AAA Team Leader, calls it a simple travel routine. He says, checking the tire pressure on your car before road trips is an absolute must. Unfortunately, most people don't and it could be costly.

"Definitely keep an eye on the tire pressure," said James Taylor, a AAA, Team Member. "It can effect things like fuel mileage, the way the vehicle handles, and stopping distances."

According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, under-inflated tires waste gas.

"Sometimes you are in a hurry and you want to jump on the road right then and you know you hadn't done everything your suppose to do," said Tammy Boyb, a Tallahassee Resident.

Before you put on your seat belt for your big summer road trip look on your driver side door for the tire information.

The tire information tells you how much air should be in your tires. Check the manufactures hand book for details.

According to the RMA, only 17 percent of Americans properly check their tire pressure. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports nearly 200 fatalities and more than 6,300 injuries each year are caused by tire related crashes.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association recommends you check your vehicle's tire pressure at least every month.

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