Millions of Americans all across the country are stuck at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and most of us have gone from probably driving too much, to hardly driving at all.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging drivers to use a little of the extra free time they might find themselves with now, to get “TireWise” using a helpful resource they’ve made available at nhtsa.gov.
Proper tire maintenance and care is one of the most important, yet also overlooked, aspects of vehicle safety. The tires on your car or course, are the only part of your vehicle that actually makes contact with the road. It only makes sense that you want those tires to be in good condition and as safe as possible.
Yet, many drivers neglect to pay enough attention to their tires. And that can be not only a very dangerous mistake if something goes wrong, but also a very expensive mistake even if nothing goes wrong.
According to the NHTSA, only 19% of drivers properly inflate their tires, and that can lead to a serious overspending on fuel. Tires that are properly inflated can save as much as 11 cents per gallon of gas. While 11 cents may not seem like much, remember that the average person buys hundreds of gallons of gas each year, so you can save yourself money in the long run, just by having properly inflated tires.
Other basic tire maintenance habits, such as getting your tires rotated and balanced, as well as getting the alignment adjusted, will help extend the lifespan of your tires, according to the NHTSA by average of 4,700 miles. Considering how expensive tires can get, this is another great way to save money.
The NHTSA has five basic tire maintenance tips that will help save you money, and help keep you and your family safer on the road:
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