Your Tires Are the Key to Avoiding a Breakdown
more than 7 million motorists requiring roadside service
last summer and gasoline prices expected to reach an
all-time high this year; travelers are making every
effort to steer clear of typical travel inconveniences.
When it comes to avoiding a breakdown this season, the
answer is often found where the rubber hits the road.
Last year, tire-related issues caused nearly 1 million
motorists to require roadside assistance during the
months of June, July and August; while improperly inflated
tires are estimated to cost motorists over $3 billion
dollars in additional gasoline costs.
often miss what's right under their nose," said
automotive expert Lauren Fix who — with more than 20
years of experience in the automotive industry and the
host of her own TV show on the Do It Yourself Network — has partnered with Fix-A-Flat® in the "Keep
Your Head on the Shoulder" outreach campaign.
it comes to preparing your vehicle for a summer trip
it's important to start from the road up
thorough inspection of your tires. People tend to assume
that everything they need to keep their car going is
located under the hood — yes that is a big part of it.
Don't forget-before you hit the road this summer; ensure
that your tires are ready to roll," Fix said
the large number of emergency service calls involve
tire problems, a recent study by the Rubber Manufacturers
Association (RMA), reports that 85 percent of drivers
still fail to properly check their tire pressure and
more than half of all motorists do not even know their
proper inflation number or where to find it. Further
data reveals that two out of three motorists do not even know
how tell if their tires are bald and 75 percent of U.S. drivers
are more likely to wash their cars each month and only
14 percent properly check tire pressure.
to most recent figures by the U.S. Department of Energy,
these inadequacies cost the country more than 4 million
gallons of gasoline each day due to under-inflated tires.
That amounts to nearly 1.5 billion gallons of wasted
gasoline annually and over $3 billion dollars a year
in additional gasoline costs to motorists. As gasoline
costs continue to rise, one of the easiest ways to improve
gas mileage is by proper tire inflation. Past statistics
indicate that drivers can improve their gas mileage
by more than 3 percent simply by keeping their tires
Fix-A-Flat® continues its yearlong nationwide "Keep
Your Head on the Shoulder" educational initiative
with renowned car care expert Lauren Fix as an ongoing
effort to provide drivers with expert advice and valuable
tips on how to manage a roadside service situation.
This yearlong campaign is designed to present motorists
with the knowledge and tools they need to avoid a breakdown
and to react in a safe and efficient manner if one should
are like sneakers," Fix said. "When they
become thin and worn, it can lead to poor performance
and possibly injury or breakdowns. Proper tire maintenance
not only can improve the performance and safety of your
car, but can also save on fuel efficiency. Remember
to keep tuned in to your tires
it's what keeps
Lauren Fix recommends a few simple checklist items for your tires to ensure your safety and keep you rolling along this busy summer travel season.
Pressure Refresher : Check tire inflation on a regular basis — at least once a month. Not only can you improve the wear of the tread and the handling of your car, but you can save fuel costs, especially if you travel a lot during this busy summer travel season.
Made to Measure : A simple tire gauge is the tool to keep handy in the glove compartment to check the pressure. Professionals do not recommend checking tire pressure when the car is already warmed up; motorists should check tires when they are cold or haven't been driven in at least three hours, as recommended by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and use the correct inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle.
Information Super Highway : Contrary to common belief, the accurate tire pressure inflation numbers for automobiles are not found on the sidewall of the tire, but usually somewhere on the automobile itself; commonly on a permanent label on the driver side door jam, glove compartment door, or on the fuel door.
Penny-Wise : Keep a penny handy and do the penny check; turn the penny so that Lincoln's head is pointing down and insert into the tread of a tire. If the tread doesn't cover the head, then it's time to replace your tires.
In Nothing Flat : Do the walk around and check each tire of your car for cracks, bubbles or foreign objects wedged in the tread. Many drivers never see the passenger side of their vehicle; get in the habit of doing this at least once a week as a proactive measure to keep an eye on your tires.
Watch the Weight : As Americans prepare to pack the car for their summer journeys, remember not to overload your car; check the owner's manual for the maximum recommended load for the vehicle. An overloaded car can create excessive heat inside your tires, which can lead to tire failure. An extra 100 lbs can reduce a typical car's fuel economy by 1-2 percent.
Quick Fix : Regardless of all the precautionary measures you take to avoid a tire breakdown, flat tires do happen. Always remember to carry a can of Fix-A-Flat® in your car for a quick and simple tire seal. Just attach the hose on the container to the valve on your tire and press the inflation button on top of the can. Fix-A-Flat® will seal the puncture and fill the tire with enough air to get you back on the road in minutes. Visit a gas station to fill your tire up with the proper amount of air pressure and visit a qualified tire professional at the earliest opportunity for a permanent repair.
About Fix-A-Flat :
Fix-A-Flat® is the leading brand of tire inflator and sealant in the industry. For the past 25 years Fix-A-Flat® has helped millions of motorists get where they were going without worries, delays or large costs. For more information, visit www.fix-a-flat.com.
Fix-A-Flat® is produced and marketed by SOPUS Products, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company. SOPUS Products is a leader in the lubricants industry, which includes fast lubes, automotive/consumer products, transport and industrial offerings to consumer and business customers. For more information, visit www.shell.com.