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Okay, normally I wouldn't feature a BMW X6 as a family car because it's awfully expensive. But it will help me make a point. No matter what you spend on a family car, you must make sure that the tires are inflated properly. You can spend all kinds of money on special safety features, but if you over- or under-inflate the tires, you're just asking to use those safety features. Let's not have that. I like having them, but I don't like using them. I still remember the annoying scrapes and slight burns the airbag left when my 2003 Chevy Venture was crunched.
So, let's just take a moment this week, shall we? One moment to dig out that tire pressure gauge and check. You might be surprised. Let's also trot on over to the Rubber Manufacturers Association web site and check out the Tire Safety Week tips. You might find a store or organization close by who will check your tires for you. You know, like Costco, Sears or Pep Boys. I'm sure they'll be happy to do it.
Please do this, especially before heading out on your family vacation. We really don't want to have to invent a new car game that involves waiting for the tow truck.