Tire company offers safety tips for Memorial Day travel


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Memorial Day is around the corner. That means it’s time to travel.

Michael Sacayan has been the General Manager of the Discount Tire in Macon for 16 years. 

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Sacayan says summertime tends to be problematic for tires.

“People need to make sure they are paying attention to air pressure and the tread on their tires before and during a long trip,” he said.

During National Tire Safety Week, Discount Tire is offering complimentary tire safety checks for drivers before hitting the road.

Discount Tire offers four safety tips:
  1. Check your tires – Check air pressure and tread depth at least once a month and before long trips
  2. Know their age – As tire ages, the rubber becomes brittle, losing elasticity and strength. The age of your tire can be found by checking the DOT number stamped on its sidewall. Discount Tire recommends replacing any tire that’s six years old or older
  3. Check your trunk – Many new vehicles are replacing spare tires with tire inflation kits that include puncture-coating sealants and air compressors, or even run-flat tires. Check to see what your vehicle has and make sure you have a roadside assistance plan
  4. Don’t overload – Overloading has an impact similar to driving on underinflated tires

Discount Tire offers free tire-pressure checks all year long.