It’s no secret Americans love to travel. The U.S. Travel Association estimates US residents logged 1.5 billion trips for leisure purposes in 2010. It’s also no secret Summer is a favorite season for traveling. Whether it’s for vacations, family and school reunions or short weekend getaways, many people choose the old family vehicle as their preferred means of transportation. Hey, it worked beautifully for Clark Griswold, so, why not?
Preventing Tire Blowouts
As you prepare for your summer trip, keep in mind that over-filled vehicles, under-inflated tires and blistering hot pavement often combine to create the perfect tire blowout recipe. If you do happen to find yourself rolling along on three perfectly good tires, we hope you are one of the lucky ones to escape unharmed. Tire-related deaths and injuries pose a real threat to you and your family. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 3,400 deaths and 116,000 injuries resulting from tire-related crashes between 2005 and 2009.
The following simple steps can help decrease your chances of a flat tire or blowout.
- Check tires regularly for proper inflation, especially before a road trip.
- Replace old, damaged or worn-out tires as soon as possible.
- Search to see if your tires are on a recall list at http://1.usa.gov/14IW8Q
- Check your tires regularly for leaks.
- Avoid running over debris on the road.
- Drive on well-maintained roads that are appropriate for your type of tires.
It’s common sense and good practice to carry a fully inflated spare tire in your vehicle at all times. You hope you’ll never have to use it, but you’ll be thankful it’s there if you do! Term life Insurance is a lot like a spare tire for your loved ones. You should always keep a term life insurance policy in your â€œtrunkâ€ just in case the unthinkable happens.
Visit http://1.usa.gov/mZGO0W to learn more about tire safety.