Maintaining Tire Pressure Saves Lives, Money

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Safety experts and tire industry representatives are reminding all motorists that safety, fuel savings and the environment are literally riding on tires as they recognize National Tire Safety Week.

According to NHTSA estimates, under-inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year. The U.S. EPA says keeping tires at the proper inflation level can save drivers $100 to $200 in gas each year. Consumer savings also come from less frequent replacement of tires, and this will allow drivers to reduce the generation of scrap tires.

“Tens of millions of U.S. motorists are currently driving on under inflated tires,” said Daniel Zielinski of the Rubber Manufacturers Association. “It is our hope that by educating drivers about proper tire maintenance, we can help protect them and their passengers.”

RMA recently surveyed more than 5,300 passenger vehicles nationwide and found that almost half had at least one under inflated tire. One in five vehicles had at least one significantly under inflated tire that can compromise safety and waste gas. In addition to the tire pressure survey, RMA commissioned a poll of registered drivers to gauge their knowledge of proper tire maintenance. While most drivers believe that checking tire pressure is one of the top actions they can take to save fuel, 82 percent do not know how to properly check tires.

Many school districts nationwide regularly monitor tire pressure during preventative maintenance schedules and utilize tire pressure monitoring systems. National Tire Safety Week is June 7 through 13. Learn more about National Tire Safety Week and proper tire maintenance.
Last modified onFriday, 25 April 2014 05:42