The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched its TireWise campaign that provides consumers and retailers with essential information about choosing and caring for tires. NHTSA estimates that each year there are almost 200 fatalities as a result of tire-related crashes, and approximately 11,000 tire-related crashes total.
“Safety is our top priority and following these simple guidelines will help prevent needless deaths and injuries every year,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This campaign will help consumers make more informed choices every step of the way when it comes to choosing and caring for their tires – keeping them safer and saving them money at the same time.”
Among the key advice and information included in the TireWise campaign are:
- Tire Buying – how to select the right type, size, and rating of tire
- Tire Pressure – how to check your tire pressure monthly. Proper tire inflation is critical to ensuring safety.
- Treadwear — how to check tires for wear and other visual defects monthly. Don’t exceed recommended treadwear limits.
- Tire Aging – how to check the age of your tires, when you should consider replacing them, how tires break down over time, the factors that can make tires prone to aging and failure, and what you can do to extend the service life of your tires.
- Effects of High Temperatures – how to check tire pressure and conditions in hot climates. Warmer weather can contribute to tire aging and special attention should be given when driving in these areas.
- Replacing Tires – how to learn when your tires were manufactured and follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation for replacement, regardless of actual miles on the tire. Tires can deteriorate over time even when not used frequently (for example passenger vans or collectors vehicles) or at all (spare tires).
To reach as many consumers as possible online and in stores, the TireWise campaign will be featured on SaferCar.gov and all of the content will also be made available to retailers and tire manufacturers across the United States.