Did you have a good Tire Gauge Day yesterday? We hope so, because today is the official Tire Day in Japan. Tire Day was started by the Japan Automobile Tire Manufacturers’ Association to promote tire safety. April 8 was chosen because the entire month is devoted to traffic safety awareness and spring is a tisme when people start shaking off those winter doldrums and start driving more. Also the number “8” looks like two wheels balanced on top of each other.
Through out the day, service areas along Japan’s expressways will be open for free tire inspections. In addition, companies like Toyo Tires and Yokohama’s Tire Garden chain of tire shops will offer free tire inspections at their locations across the country. The anniversary has only been in effect since 2000, and the fact that Tire Gauge Day is the day before is no coincidence. The organization behind Tire Gauge Day intentionally placed their holiday the day before Tire Day. So now that your tire gauge is calibrated, go forth and measure your tire pressure. Happy Tire Day, everyone!