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KSP Urges Tire Safety
April 23-29 is National Tire Safety Week

Date of News Release: 04/20/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.)--- April 23-29 is National Tire Safety Week and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) urges drivers to be aware of tire safety and maintenance all year-round.

"The hardest part about checking tires is remembering to do it," said KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller. "All it takes is about five minutes to check inflation pressure and look for obvious signs of damage, cuts and excessive or uneven wear."

Tire experts recommend performing these checks monthly and before long road trips. Drivers should follow the air pressure guidelines provided by the vehicle manufacturer. Tire tread is easily checked with a simple penny coin. When the coin is placed into the shallowest groove of the tire, the top of Abraham Lincoln's head should be visible. If it is not, it is time to buy new tires.

Tire replacement should be performed properly. When replacing only two tires, mount them on the rear to improve traction in wet conditions. Tire rotation and alignment are also important in improving performance and lengthening tire life. Spring is a particularly critical time for realignment since vehicle suspensions take a battering from winter-induced potholes.

"When you think about it, your tires are the only thing between you and the road," said Miller. "Proper tire maintenance can save time, money and lives."

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