Another Reason to Check the Air Pressure in Your Tires



In this section of Drive, we’ve frequently pointed out that maintaining the correct air pressure in your tires helps to improve fuel economy and maintain your vehicle’s handling characteristics. A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites another reason to check tire pressure: Underinflated or poorly maintained tires played a role in 5 percent of vehicle crashes from 2005 to 2007.


So carry a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle – and use it!




U-Turns – Avoiding Confusion


When driving in unfamiliar locations – another state, city, or neighborhood – be aware that local laws concerning U-turns differ. Watch for signs at intersections and on center mediums that indicate whether they are allowed.


Jug-handle turns, rotaries, U-turns past an intersection required to make left turns, separate green arrows for turns, and other turning conventions can be disconcerting if they’re outside of your driving experience.


Be alert to help avoid collisions and injuries!


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