Discount Tire doing free tire inflation checks
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-Discount Tire Co. is offering free tire inspections, air gauges and tread depth cards this summer in an effort to remind motorists of the importance of correct inflation pressure.
The Scottsdale-based dealership, citing U.S. Dept. of Energy statistics, said drivers can improve mileage by 3.3 percent by keeping their tires properly inflated. Underinflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every psi drop in pressure.
Discount Tire said it reminds motorists of five main points to improve fuel economy in light of rising costs: maintain proper inflation; check the pressure when tires are cool; remove excess weight; rotate tires regularly; and maintain proper alignment.
Automotive DIY activities on wane, AASA reports
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.-Automotive do-it-yourself (DIY) activities have dropped over the last 10 years, according to research from the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).
In its surveys, the AASA grouped DIY repairs and service into ``heavy,'' ``medium'' and ``light'' categories. Between 1995 and 2005, the AASA said, the percentage of motorists performing heavy DIY projects fell to 25 from 33; medium projects, to 28 from 35; and light activities, to 40 from 54.
The increasing complexity of vehicles and changing demographics of drivers account for the drop, said AASA Executive Director Steve Handschuh, though he added that available repair and diagnostic information on the Internet has slowed the decrease in the past few years.
However, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association reported (see story on page 14) that DIY grew 5.6 percent last year.