SOURCE: Pregunte a Ricardo

Pregunte a Ricardo

June 12, 2009 11:30 ET

Your Tires Take Care of Your Safety, What Do You Do for Them?

Expert Offers Simple Tips for National Tire Safety Week

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - For Ricardo Rodriguez-Long, an ASE-certified automotive expert, maintenance is a year-long passion. As part of the "Manejando el Ahorro a Casa" program, Rodriguez-Long has teamed up with Uniroyal® Tire to help drivers learn about car maintenance and proper driving habits.

Every year, the tire industry has a week dedicated solely to educate drivers about tire maintenance. The 2009 National Tire Safety Week (June 7-13) is an opportunity for Rodriguez-Long to review topics such as correct air inflation, alignment, rotation, and other important information on appropriate tire care. "When driving, your tires are the only thing between you and the road," advises Rodriguez-Long. "Keeping them in proper working condition is important for you and your family's safety."

--  You should check your tire pressure at least once a month. The proper
    inflation pressure can be found in the vehicle's owner manual or on the
    placard on the doorjamb, not on the tire sidewall.
    
--  Check the tread condition. Place a penny upside down in the shallowest
    tread groove.  If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, then your tires
    need to be replaced.
    
--  Another big factor is proper wheel alignment. Driving with your wheels
    out of alignment can cost you in many ways. You may be overworking your
    car's other internal components to compensate, which can cause them to
    break prematurely. Improper wheel alignment makes your tires wear out much
    faster.
    

"Most drivers don't want to think about their tires until something goes wrong," says Rodriguez-Long, "but by educating yourself on the basics you will save money and ensure the safety of your loved ones."

Additional information and more tips on how to make your car last as long as 200,000 miles or car care expert advice can be found at www.preguntearicardo.com where Ricardo can answer your questions.

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