Few people tire smart: Survey

Under-inflated tires increase driving risks, waste fuel and cause tiresto wear out faster but few vehicle owners pay adequate attention totheir tires.


Under-inflated tires increase driving risks, waste fuel and cause tires to wear out faster but few vehicle owners pay adequate attention to their tires.

A national survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association showed 85 per cent of American drivers do not properly check tire inflation pressure and there’s no reason to think Canadian drivers are any better.

“Record high gas prices should be an incentive for motorists to take every step possible to help make their cars and their money go further,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice-president, public affairs. “While our survey found that 61 per cent of motorists agreed that checking tire pressure is very important to maximizing fuel economy, only one in seven drivers properly perform this easy task.”

Checking tires is not only a fuel saving tip, it can also be life saving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under-inflated tires contribute to 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year in the United States alone.

Under-inflated tires also cause premature tire wear that can force consumers to replace tires sooner.

 
 
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