Tire safety week just before a big travel weekend

It is National Tire Safety Week, an observance with the social media hashtag #knowyourroll. The purpose is to help raise awareness of the importance of tire safety. Many accidents can be traced to the lack of tread on tires. Christie Stock, president of Associated Tire stores, the parent company of the local Discount Tire stores, was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday. She said the problem is worse than many people might realize.

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“What we did for an entire year is everybody that drove over McDonald’s or Green Gorilla to get their car washed, or the (tire) scanner at Providence,  it would automatically check their tread out and send them a picture. Now this is going to shock you, in Cache Valley they had over 37,000 vehicles that went over these scanners, over 26,000 of those vehicles were at 3/32nd or less, which needs replacement,” she said.

Stock says it doesn’t take a lot of time to check tires. She said you can take a few minutes, drive up and honk your horn and they’ll come out and check air pressure and tread depth. So, at least you’ll know if you’re good for awhile.

AUDIO: Christie Stock, president of Discount Tire talks to Jason Williams

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