With everyone wanting to spend time outside and Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, the road is calling. Before putting the pedal to the metal, the experts at Les Schwab are here to help travelers prepare for a worry-free, fun family road trip that won’t break the budget.
Get a free pre-trip safety inspection and check out the Spring Tire Sale at their nearest Les Schwab Tire Center to prepare for their upcoming road trip.
What to check before you hit the road?
  • Start with your tires- First check the tread. Tires with low tread can’t adequately divert water from the road; lost traction means compromised safety.
    • It’s quick and easy to do yourself. You may have heard of the penny test. Just place a penny with Abe Lincoln’s head pointing down into the tread grooves. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace the tire.
    • While you’re checking tread depth, you can also look for uneven tread wear. This could be a sign of wheel misalignment or needing to have your tires rotated. A good rule of thumb is to get your tires rotated every 5,000 miles.
  • Next, make sure your tires are inflated according to the manufacturer’s specifications. As the seasons change and temperatures rise, tires’ air pressure also changes. We recommend checking your tires’ air pressure monthly.
    • If you ever have any doubts, stop by your local Les Schwab Tire Center. They will inspect your tires at no charge.

As part of their Free Pre-Trip Safety Check they’ll also check your tires’ air pressure and tread depth and do a visual alignment check to ensure the tires are wearing evenly. As well as inspect brakes, suspension and shocks, all for free! 

How to be prepared to deal with an accident or breakdown?
  • Plan ahead, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Pack books, games and activities that don’t require batteries or cell service in case you get stuck on the road to give kids a distraction. No matter if it’s a short 100-mile trip or a long haul, keep your trunk packed with warm clothes, a couple of flashlights, extra food and plenty of water, so you can handle any detour.
  • You should always carry an emergency kit. Les Schwab Tire Centers Roadside Safety Kit includes gloves, jumper cables, essential tools, flares, a first-aid kit and a blanket.
  • Make sure you have the tools you need to change a tire, including the correct lug nuts and wrench.
    • Even people who check the condition of their tires often forget to check their spare. If your spare tire is in poor condition, it won’t do you any good. You’ll need to make sure it’s properly inflated with good tread.
If I inspect my tires and decide it’s time to get a new set, how do I choose the best option?
  • Les Schwab has trained experts to help you make the right choice for your vehicle, driving needs and budget. Experts will assess the tire size, style and specifications, along with your driving habits to find the perfect match.
  • For example, if you primarily drive on pavement, you can get all-season tires for a car, pickup or SUV. Or if you are looking for tires that are made to handle on and off blacktop, then all-terrain may be the right fit. Or if you are looking for off-roading, gravel and driving in mud, then specialty tires such as traction tires for pickups and SUVs could make all the difference. 
  • Les Schwab’s Best Tire Value Promise includes lifetime tire and mileage care. Includes free flat repairs, free rotations, free rebalancing and free air checks.
Stop by your nearest Les Schwab lesschwab.com before the end of April for the Spring Tire Sale to save big and get your vehicle ready for the upcoming road-trip season!