CREATED Jun. 3, 2013
PALM DESERT - Before you hit the road, representatives at Valley tire shops want you to pay attention to your tires, especially here in the desert heat. In an effort to educate drivers about proper tire maintenance, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) holds the annual National Tire Safety Week. This year it's June 2-8.
According to an RMA survey, about 15 percent of drivers in the United States don't know about proper tire maintenance. Experts say it's an important safety function that's often neglected.
"It's what you drive on all day long. The tires are the most used item on your vehicle, and there's a lot of safety when you're driving around," says Josh McCartney, the manager at America's Tire Store in Palm Desert.
McCartney explains that the most important thing to check is air pressure especially here in the desert with high temperatures.
"The hotter it gets, the faster car tires wear out," adds McCartney.
Most cars have a sticker by the driver's door with the maximum air pressure the car's tires can handle. One can use an air gauge to check it, or take it to a car shop where they might do it for free such as America's Tire Store.
There are four main factors of tire maintenance, according to RMA: pressure, alignment, rotation and tread. Most tire shops have free tire inspections. Experts suggest you get your car fully checked up, not just the tires if you're driving long distance or in this heat.