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Spring forward safely on March 12

Let daylight saving time serve as a reminder to check your tire and shoe tread for safety.

posted March 09, 2017

As you set your clocks ahead an hour this weekend, it’s a great time to test the tread—on both your shoes and tires. SAIF, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon State Police encourage everyone to spring forward safely and check tread correctly.

Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of injury for Oregon workers. One way Oregonians can help prevent injuries is by wearing shoes that are in good condition, with good tread.

Workers should check their shoe soles often, such as when you fall back or spring forward. Replace your shoes when the worn-out, smooth part on the sole of your shoe is bigger than two pennies. Download a poster to share with your co-workers. 

Tires with worn tread or improper inflation can cause deadly crashes. In fact, tires are the single most important mechanical component of vehicle control and safe driving. Learn what to look for on the Oregon State Police tire tread website. If you see a wear bar, the tread has fallen to 2/32 of an inch; this is designed to tell you it’s time to replace your tires.

In a pinch? Use a penny! Insert one into the tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see all of Lincolns’ head, it’s time to replace your tires.