WASHINGTON — May 20-27 will be National Tire Safety Week in the U.S. this year, according to the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA).
National Tire Safety Week is an annual industry-led initiative that educates motorists about tire care, safety and maintenance, including the potential dangers of unsafe used tires.
"We are urging motorists, including first-time drivers, to 'Know Your Roll' before taking to the roads this Memorial Day and in advance of the busy summer travel season," USTMA President and CEO Anne Forristall Luke said.
"Just like fastening your seatbelt — an action that's become synonymous with safety — proper tire care and maintenance also need to be top of mind when it comes to ensuring the safety of all motorists on the road," she said.
USTMA also is taking aim at a less well understood risk to consumers — unsafe used tires. Once a tire has been mounted on a rim and installed on a vehicle, it's considered a used tire.
While new tires must meet stringent federal safety standards to be sold in the U.S., worn tires can be resold as used with virtually no restrictions in most states.
U.S. tire manufacturers recommend drivers check their tire pressure monthly, regularly check their tire tread depth and ensure their tires are rotated and properly aligned. Proper maintenance and periodic inspections by a tire professional are essential for optimum performance and service life of tires.