CHANTILLY, Va. (Oct. 4, 2006) — The American Automobile Association (AAA) is hosting a “National Tire Check Day” event on Oct. 20 to demonstrate to motorists the potential dangers of improper tire care.
The event, which will be held at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy Emergency Vehicle Operations Center in Chantilly, will include demonstrations by a professional driver of the real-life dangers presented by worn tires. The event also will promote the results of a new consumer poll by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) on tire care and safety knowledge.
For the past five years, an increasing percentage of the emergency calls AAA has answered have been tire-related, according to an association spokeswoman.
“We're starting now to get more into the details—how many of these calls involve road hazards, how many involve bald tires, how many involve underinflation,” she said.
An RMA spokesman said his association was delighted that AAA is devoting so much of its National Car Care Month to tires.
“They've always been extremely helpful with our National Tire Safety Week,” he said.
For more information on National Tire Check Day, go to www.aaa.com.