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National Tire Safety Week puts focus on pro-environment tire care

Know Your Roll slogan for National Tire Safety Week with photo of red Jeep

The Scrap Tire Program at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is joining with the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) to highlight National Tire Safety Week 2020, August 31 through September 6.

The 2020 campaign, "Know Your Roll," is designed to educate consumers about the importance of proper tire care and maintenance, especially during a time when safety has never been more top-of-mind among Americans.

"Proper tire care and maintenance are important when it comes to ensuring the safety of all motorists on the road, and it is pro-environment," said Kirsten Clemens, EGLE scrap tire coordinator. "Properly inflated tires help promote better fuel economy, and regular care helps tires get the most potential wear prior to disposal. Fewer tire disposals result in fewer resources used to manufacture and recycle tires. They also reduce the chance that tires are dumped, burned, or become a mosquito breeding habitat."

When tires reach the end of their useful life, they can be recycled into the road surface through incorporating into the asphalt mix or chip sealing technologies producing longer lasting, quieter road surfaces, Clemens added.

USTMA notes that more motorists are planning to travel, and many report they haven't regularly driven their vehicles in recent months due to the pandemic. Motorists report they plan to travel the roads even more by foregoing other modes of transit and anticipate taking vacations close to home.

National Tire Safety week is an initiative that educates drivers about the critical role they play in maintaining tire safety and ensures they have the information they need to successfully prioritize safety on the road.

USTMA recommends that drivers check their tire tread depth regularly, their tire pressure monthly, and ensure that their tires are rotated and properly. The association also recommends consumers obtain periodic inspections by a tire professional to ensure optimum safety, performance and service life of their tires.

EGLE's scrap tire management program regulates transportation, storage and disposal of scrap tires under Part 169, Scrap Tires, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. Michigan requires annual registration for scrap tire transporters and collection sites.

To properly dispose of tires, contact a tire recycler or processor, visit a local tire retailer, or attend a scrap tire collection event. Check out EGLE's tire recycling brochure for more information.

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