Most Vehicles Have At Least One Under Inflated Tire, Survey Finds
The findings were based on tire pressure measurements taken from more than 6,300 vehicles in more than 30 cities. "National Tire Safety Week is the tire industry's opportunity to focus on consumer education," said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO, said in a release. "Our industry's top priority is safety."
One reason to have your tires properly inflated would be that these can improve fuel efficiency by 3.3 percent and save 9 cents per gallon at the pump, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that under inflated tires are the reason behind more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year.
"Checking your tires at least once a month is an easy way to improve your safety, and the safety of those on the road around you, while reducing the costs of vehicle ownership," said John Nielsen, AAA, Director of Auto Repair and Buying Services. "Catching and correcting problems early, such as low tire pressure or uneven tread wear can greatly extend the life of your tires."
According to RMA, motorists need to check tire pressure with a tire gauge every month, when the tire is cold and use the vehicle manufacturer's recommended pressure.