Aug 14, 2007

NHTSA urges drivers to check their tires in hot weather

Washington, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is cautioning motorists that hot weather and under-inflated tires are a dangerous combination. The administration unveiled a public service announcement urging drivers to check tire pressure and tread wear often, but especially during the hot summer months.

“Checking tires is particularly critical during the summer, when roads are hot and families are putting a lot of miles on their cars with their vacation plans,” says Nicole Nason, Administrator of NHTSA. “Overloaded vehicles, under-inflated tires, and hot weather can all combine to possibly turn a family vacation into a horrific nightmare.”

Nason notes that few people take the time to check the condition or inflation of their tires. A survey this year found that 85 per cent of drivers fail to properly check tire pressure; NHTSA estimates that crashes associated with tire problems result in approximately 660 deaths and 33,000 injuries per year in the U.S.

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