May 23, 2019
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Scrap Tire Program is joining with the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) to promote National Tire Safety Week 2019, which runs May 20 through May 27. The 2019 campaign, "Know Your Roll," is designed to educate consumers about the importance of proper tire care and maintenance, and about the dangers of unsafe used tires.
"Proper tire care and maintenance is 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. Less tire disposal results in less use of resources to manufacture and recycle tires. It also reduces the chance that tires are dumped, burned, or become a mosquito breeding habitat."
USTMA launched National Tire Safety Week to help spread the word about the importance of proper tire care and the potential dangers of driving on unsafe used tires.
USTMA recommends that drivers check their tire tread depth regularly, their tire pressure monthly, and ensure that their tires are rotated and properly aligned. According to one survey, less than 40% of drivers know how to properly check their tire pressure and one in three drivers don't know how to tell if their tires are bald - a highly unsafe condition resulting from extreme loss of tire tread. As a result, USTMA also recommends consumers obtain periodic inspections by a tire professional to ensure optimum safety, performance, and service life of their tires.
National Tire Safety Week is an annual USTMA initiative aimed at helping consumers learn the simple yet essential steps for proper tire care and maintenance.
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.