June 27, 2007

Check tires before long weekend drive, says rubber association

Mississauga, Ontario – Proper tire maintenance is not only good for the environment, but will save money, says the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC). The association says that drivers who check tire pressures monthly and have their wheels aligned each year, or every 15,000 km, can expect to save between $850 and $1,000 in fuel savings and longer tire life over the vehicle’s typical seven-year lifespan.

Before hitting the road this long weekend, the RAC recommends that you take two minutes to check your tires: use a tire gauge to check for proper inflation, inspect the tread for uneven wear, and look for bulges and bald spots. If the vehicle is carrying extra cargo, check the owner’s manual for the proper tire pressure.

The RAC says that under-inflation is the most common cause of tire failure, and can lead to collisions caused by poor or delayed braking, steering and acceleration; under-inflated tires increase rolling resistance, causing Canadians to use an estimated 643 million litres of fuel unnecessarily; and improper maintenance shortens tire life and forces drivers to replace their tires more often. For more information about proper tire maintenance, visit BeTireSmart.ca.

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