Proper tire inflation is key to road safety

When was the last time you checked your tire pressure? Perhaps it was during your last oil change or trip to the service bay. What you may not know is that tires need to be inspected far more frequently than your vehicle may require regular service. Sadly, many Canadian drivers are unaware of this important fact and as a result, put themselves and other road users at risk by driving on neglected tires.

A recent study shows that about 50 per cent of vehicles on Canadian roads have at least one tire that is either over– or underinflated. Either of these situations can reduce the life of your tires, create an unsafe driving condition, increase fuel costs and harmful emissions as well as increase your chances of a breakdown or collision.

To find the recommended tire inflation pressure for your vehicle's tires, refer to the tire information label, which is usually located inside the edge of the driver's door. If you can't find the information label, check your owner's manual.

Transport Canada has produced a handy pamphlet called “Riding on Air – Critical safety and environmental information for you and your tires” which can be downloaded at www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety. It has everything you need for safe and economical ways to operate and maintain your tires.

An important reminder—2011 is Canada's Year of Road Safety, so why not re–think road safety?

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