GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 5, 2005) — The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is partnering with Michelin North America Inc. (MNA) to create tire inflation stations at high-traffic Welcome Centers throughout the state.
Michelin and the SCDOT recently opened the first of seven stations planned over the next two years, MNA said. The first station is located on the eastbound side of Intestate 26 near Lundrum, S.C.
The free inflation station will provide an area for motorists to check tire pressure, fill tires and learn more about the importance of tire safety and proper maintenance.
“This is a unique program we are beginning in South Carolina to increase awareness and help improve tire safety for travelers,” said Kathy Lyles, worldwide director of tire testing for Michelin.
“Tires are one of the most important parts of a vehicle and often the most overlooked. It takes just a few minutes to check your tires, and doing so can save lives. It can also save you hours or even days on the road and improve gas mileage for your car.”
The station features a heavy-duty air compressor for supplying air to passenger car and light truck tires, as well as instructional materials clearly marked in both English and Spanish that demonstrate the correct way to fill tires. SCDOT has designated a secure area for the station, sectioned off by dividers within the parking area of the Welcome Center for proper car positioning.
“We are placing an emphasis on tire safety because of the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities experienced as a result of improper maintenance, tire blow-outs and other circumstances,” said SCDOT director of safety Terecia Wilson. “Many of these incidents could be avoided if motorists would check their tire pressure.”
Neither MNA nor SCDOT commented on the cost of the project.
Michelin and SCDOT also said they will sponsor the Safety Rest Break program at Welcome Centers during holiday travel periods throughout the year. The Safety Rest Break offers free air pressure checks from Michelin's team of tire experts and provides free air pressure gauges for motorists.
The Safety Rest Break also encourages motorists to take a break from the road and refresh themselves mentally and physically before continuing to drive in the typically heavy holiday traffic.