Inflate Your Way to Fuel Savings This Memorial Day

Correct Tire Pressure Optimizes Fuel Economy, Safety and Tire Longevity

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 21, 2007 - Sky-high gasoline prices will boost the cost of a long weekend road trip this Memorial Day but a simple step can help reduce gas pump sticker shock – properly checking your tire pressure.

Under inflated tires can cost drivers an additional nine cents per gallon of gas. Properly inflated tires can save you money on gas and vehicle maintenance and promotes safety, too. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which represents tire manufacturers, recommends checking tire pressure every month and before long trips.

“Checking tire pressure is simple and takes just five minutes,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA vice president, communications. “Motorists will get better fuel economy, their tires will last longer and you’ll help maximize your vehicle’s safety.”

Memorial Day is the start of the so-called “101 Deadliest Days of Summer” when highway fatalities increase as more people hit the road for summer vacations and road trips. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that crashes attributed to under inflated tires causes 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries every year.

A 2007 RMA survey found that too many motorists fail to pay attention to their tires.

  • Only 55 percent of drivers say they have checked tire pressure within the past month compared to 70 percent last year.
  • Nearly seven in ten drivers wash their vehicle every month but barely more than half check tire pressure monthly.
  • 45 percent of drivers wrongly believe that the correct inflation pressure is printed on the tire sidewall. (Check for a sticker on the driver’s door or look in the vehicle owner’s manual.)
  • 26 percent of drivers wrongly believe that the best time to check their tires is when they are warm after being driven for at least a few miles. (Check before driving when tires are cold.)
  • 71 percent of drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire.

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    The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

U.S.-Mexico Border Workshops Promote Scrap Tire Markets

Market-Based Solutions Sought for Waste Tire Management

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 14, 2007 - A joint effort by government and the tire industry to find market-based solutions to deal with scrap tires along the U.S.-Mexico border was highlighted in two recent scrap tire infrastructure-building workshops.

The workshops, April 24, in Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico and in El Paso, Texas on April 25 were under the auspices of an U.S. Environmental Protection Administration program with the Mexican Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).

The U.S.-Mexico Border Scrap Tire Management Initiative is part of the Border 2012 Hazardous and Solid Waste Policy Forum. The U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program is carrying out the 1983 Agreement on Cooperation for the Protection and Improvement of the Environment in the Border Area (La Paz Agreement), the ten-year bi-national Border 2012 Program aims to improve the environment and reduce the highest public health risks along the U.S-Mexico border.
Under the Border 2012 Program, the U.S. and Mexico are working jointly to reduce land contamination along their shared borders. One aspect of this program is addressing scrap tires.

The overall long-term goals for scrap tires on both sides of the border are to reduce and eliminate scrap tire piles, and to ensure that newly generated scrap tires are managed in an environmentally sound manner. More specifically one of the goals of this initiative is to identify needs and develop an action plan to improve institutional and infrastructure capacity for waste management and pollution prevention as they pertain to solid waste along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Palomas workshop was hosted by the Border 2012 New Mexico-Chihuahua Rural Task Force and the New Mexico Department of Environmental Quality. The focus of the educational event was infrastructure and market development in the rural sector. The El Paso workshop was hosted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and focused on infrastructure and market development in urban settings.

“The border region is an important component of the overall management of scrap tires and RMA will continue to be engaged in these types of programs,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA senior technical director. “We provide technical expertise in addition to RMA’s nearly two decades of successful experience promoting effective scrap tire management. We look forward to working with both the U.S. and Mexico governments to schedule more of these workshops in the near future.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

RMA Cohosts the 3rd Conference on Rubber Modified Asphalt

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 14, 2007 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), along with the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society and the Rubber Pavements Association recently held the 3rd conference on rubber modified asphalt. This event was held at the Radisson Hotel in Akron, Ohio on May 3 & 4, 2007.

“The focus of this conference is to attract and engage the asphalt and asphalt modifier producers” stated Michael Blumenthal, Senior technical Director of the RMA. “It is our contention that unless the asphalt industry fully understands the benefits of using modified asphalt, they will remain hesitant in adapting to this technology. This conference allows this important audience to hear about the changes in the industry, about state and federal programs that impact their industry, and provides an excellent networking opportunity found at no other conference” Blumenthal added.

The 3rd Rubber Modified Asphalt conference featured insightful presentations on the market conditions of asphalt production, production of ground rubber, quiet pavements, the recycling of rubber modified asphalt and the environmental considerations of leachate from asphalt and rubber.

“We are greatly pleased to be part of this innovative and informative venue” Blumenthal said. “The dynamics of having three major trade associations, each with their respected expertise working together to a common goal is clearly a unique and effective manner to expand the markets and understanding for rubber modified asphalt”

The Rubber Modified Asphalt conference is offered on a biannual basis. The next conference is scheduled for 2009 in Akron, Ohio and will be part of the Rubber Division’s 100th anniversary celebration.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

Senate Committee Advances Cafe Bill With RMA-Supported Tire Efficiency Information Program

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 8, 2007 - The Senate Commerce Committee today approved S. 357, legislation concerning Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Included in the bill is language to create a tire rolling resistance consumer information program supported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

S. 357 was amended by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to include the RMA-supported language. The provision is similar to HR 5632, which passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee last year.

“RMA deeply appreciates Sen. Cantwell’s willingness to work with us to advance this issue, which, if enacted, will give consumers a valuable tool to use when purchasing tires,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA vice president. “Committee staff on both sides of the aisle was extremely helpful in this effort to include the RMA-supported amendment. We will continue to work with Sen. Cantwell, the Commerce Committee and other senators to advance our position in support of a consumer information program.”

The Committee will file this legislation to be considered on the Senate floor. No time table for full Senate consideration has been determined.

Yesterday, Sen. Cantwell had filed a tire fuel efficiency amendment to S. 357 that RMA opposed. After RMA contacted Sen. Cantwell’s office, RMA worked cooperatively to advance its position supporting a tire rolling resistance consumer information program.

The Cantwell amendment would direct the Secretary of Transportation to promulgate a rule which establishes a national mandatory tire fuel efficiency consumer information requirement for tires, including those tires suitable for cars, minivans, SUVs and light duty trucks containing the following elements:

  • Consumer Information. Congress should authorize and make sufficient resources available to NHTSA to allow it to gather and report information on the influence of individual passenger tires on vehicle fuel consumption.
    • Point-of-sale Information: Congress would ensure that the information is widely available in a timely manner and is easily understood by both buyers and sellers.
    • Rating system: Federal regulation would include an efficiency rating system to facilitate more informed purchasing decisions in the area of tire energy efficiency by allowing comparisons of various tire choices.
  • Tire Care and Maintenance: The bill would require that the tire fuel efficiency information include an explanation of the importance of proper tire inflation pressure maintenance.
  • National Program: Congress would create a national consumer information and education program to avoid duplicative and potentially conflicting state requirements that would confuse consumers.
  • Applicability: This provision would apply to new tires for use on passenger vehicles.
  • Test methods and requirements: The bill would require selection of a test method to be used by manufacturers in developing consumer information to avoid variation among test equipment and manufacturers.
  • Compliance and enforcement: Congress would provide for adequate compliance and enforcement to ensure an equal playing field for all manufacturers selling tires in the U.S.

Sen. Cantwell’s proposal is consistent with the April 4, 2006 National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board report, “Tires and Passenger Vehicle Fuel Economy (TRB Special Report).” That report recommends that Congress adopt a national program to inform and educate consumers about the influence of passenger tires on vehicle fuel consumption and the crucial role tire maintenance plays in vehicle fuel economy.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.