Toronto, Ontario – Canadians overall are getting better at checking their tire pressure, with the number of personal vehicles rolling on improperly-inflated tires falling drastically since 2003, according to a new study released by the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) to mark National Be Tire Smart Week.

The study, conducted for the RAC by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, found that 49 per cent of the vehicles inspected had at least one tire that was over- or under-inflated. In 2003, a similar RAC survey found that 71 per cent of vehicles tested had at least one tire over- or under-inflated. The percentage of drivers with one or more tires severely under-inflated by 20 per cent or more, a potentially hazardous condition, also declined significantly to 10 per cent from 23 per cent in 2003.

The not-so-good news from the survey is that fewer Canadian drivers are taking monthly measurements to ensure their tires are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation, a practice that is critical to ensuring optimum tire safety, performance and energy efficiency.

The national survey tested driver knowledge and attitudes about tire inflation and maintenance in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Sherbrooke and Fredericton.

For more information on tire inflation and safety, visit Be Tire Smart.

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