Inflate, Rotate and Evaluate: Bridgestone Americas Shares Tips for National Tire Safety Week

 Inflate, Rotate and Evaluate: Bridgestone Americas Shares Tips for National
                               Tire Safety Week

Bridgestone offers tips for tire safety in honor of National Tire Safety Week,
held the first week in June

PR Newswire

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 3, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As families hit the road on
vacation this spring and summer, it's critical they check the condition of
their tires before they set off. To promote the importance of tire safety,
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (Bridgestone Americas) is sharing a few
tips for safe travel in conjunction with the Rubber Manufacturers
Association's National Tire Safety Week, June 2-8.

"This spring and summer, many families will take to the roads to enjoy time
away from school and work," said Gregg Trosper, Manager, Consumer Education,
Bridgestone Americas. "Our tires are the only parts of the car that touch the
road, so checking tread and proper inflation is critical to help ensure safe
road travel. If drivers 'Inflate, Rotate and Evaluate,' they'll find peace of
mind on their vacations."

To learn more about tire safety, Bridgestone Americas encourages drivers to
visit, a website with how-to articles, tips and facts,

  oInflate: The most important aspect of tire maintenance is proper tire
    inflation. Tires can lose one psi (pounds per square inch) per month under
    normal conditions. While three out of four drivers wash their cars
    monthly, only one out of seven correctly checks tire pressure.
  oRotate: Regular tire rotations also will help prevent irregular and
    premature wear. Forty percent of drivers have not rotated their tires
    within the recommended interval of at least 5,000 miles.
  oEvaluate: Routinely look for signs of tread wear or damage. The "penny
    test" is a simple way to check tread wear. Place a penny in the tread. If
    Lincoln's head is visible, the treads are too worn and need replacing.

Drivers interested in having their tires inspected for free by a professional
can visit Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC (BSRO) stores, including Firestone
Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, ExpertTire and Wheel Works.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.: Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas,
Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's
largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop,
manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate
brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including
consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers,
and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies
are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere
and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and
textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world's largest chain
of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet
message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact
in all of the communities it calls home.

About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations: Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone
Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas,
Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest
tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the
company's Latin American tire operations; the U.S. and Canadian consumer tire
businesses; the U.S. and Canadian commercial tire businesses; and Bridgestone
Retail Operations, LLC, which operates the largest network of company-owned
automotive service providers in the world. BATO develops, manufactures and
markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is
focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying
passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural
and other tires, as well as retreads, to its customers in the Americas.

About Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC: Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC
(BSRO) is headquartered in Bloomingdale, Ill., and operates the largest
network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world — more than
2,200 tire and vehicle service centers across the United States — including
Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus™, ExpertTire™ and Wheel Works store
locations. Credit First National Association and Firestone Complete Fleet
Care™ operations are also part of BSRO. BSRO is a member of the Bridgestone
Americas family of companies.

SOURCE Bridgestone Americas

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