October 23, 2006

AAA and tire industry promote tire safety as part of National Tire Check Day

Chantilly, Virginia – The American Automobile Association (AAA) reports that a new poll suggests 85 per cent of motorists do not know how to check tire pressure, and that only 34 per cent know how to tell when tires are bald. The AAA and the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) teamed up last Friday to present National Tire Check Day.

The study also showed that four out of five drivers do not know that the proper mounting position when replacing two bald tires is to put the new ones on the rear, for better vehicle stability. AAA reports that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one in every three cars has a significantly under-inflated tire, and that every year, blow-outs cause an average of 23,000 vehicle crashes in the U.S.

A U.S. survey by RMA in September 2006 found that motorists rank tire care among the top two maintenance practices needed to ensure a safe vehicle; that motorists said checking tire pressure is the number-one maintenance practice they can perform to maximize fuel efficiency; and that 79 per cent of motorists reported they own a tire gauge.

Despite this, only 15 per cent of drivers properly check their tire pressure; 26 per cent believe, in error, that the best time to check tires is when they are warm from driving; only 36 per cent know where to find the recommended tire pressure for the vehicle (in the owner’s manual or on a decal attached to the door jamb); 55 per cent mistakenly believe the inflation pressure molded into the tire is the recommendation for the vehicle; and 34 per cent do not know how to tell if their tires are bald.

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