Poor Tire Care Wasting Fuel, Putting Drivers at Risk

 Tire Industry Wants Motorists to Be Tire Smart for 10th Annual National Tire Safety Week June 5-11

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 6, 2011 - Millions of U.S. drivers are putting themselves at risk and wasting fuel by failing to properly check tire pressure, according to a new survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

Only 15 percent of motorists revealed that they know how to correctly check tire pressure. Under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 highway fatalities and 33,000 thousand injuries each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Additionally, under inflated tires cause U.S. drivers to waste 1.2 billion gallons of fuel annually.

“Checking tire pressure once a month is one simple step that can preserve precious resources, put money back in consumers’ wallets and save lives,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Unfortunately, too many motorists seem to be more concerned with cleaning their car than keeping it safe.”

RMA’s survey showed that six out of ten drivers wash their car at least once per month but only one in seven properly checks tire pressure. The survey was conducted as part of the RMA-sponsored National Tire Safety Week, June 5-11.

Other survey findings include:

  • 62 percent of drivers do not know where to find the correct inflation pressure for their vehicle. 53 percent say it’s the tire sidewall while 14 percent do not know at all
  • 43 percent of drivers do not know that tires should be checked “cold” – before driving.
  • 52 percent of drivers do not know how to tell if their tires are bald.
  • Nearly 7 out of 10 drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire.
  • 3 out of 4 motorists cite checking tire pressure as a top fuel saving tip.
  • 60 percent drivers say they wash their car at least once a month.
  • 20 percent of male motorists and 9 percent of female motorists properly check tire pressure.

RMA, which represents tire manufacturers in the U.S., promotes tire care awareness through its Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART program. PART is an acronym for Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread – the four key elements of tire care.

  • Pressure: Check air pressure, under-inflation is the leading cause of wear and tear of tires
  • Alignment: Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid tread-wear
  • Rotation: Regularly rotating your vehicle’s tires will help you achieve more uniform wear
  • Tread: Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions

RMA’s Be Tire Smart program is funded by RMA members: Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.; Continental Tire the Americas, LLC; Cooper Tire & Rubber Company; The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Michelin North America, Inc.; Inc.; Pirelli Tire North America; Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas, Inc. and; Yokohama Tire Corporation.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

San Antonio Drivers Need to be Tire Smart

City Fares Poorly in Tire Pressure Survey

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 30, 2010 - Before hitting the road for the July 4th holiday, San Antonio drivers need to pay more attention to their tires, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The tire manufacturer trade group conducted a vehicle tire pressure survey that ranked San Antonio second to last among more than 30 U.S. cities.

Only seven percent of San Antonio vehicles had four properly inflated tires and two out of every three had at least one under inflated tire. About one in five vehicles had a tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch – a significant loss of tire pressure.

Nationally, under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, low tire pressure can cost motorists up to 9 cents a gallon at the gas pump. Under inflated tires cause a vehicle to work harder and burn more gas.

The RMA survey of more than 6,300 vehicles in 33 cities this year also found only 17 percent of vehicles had four properly inflated tires. More than 15 percent, representing 38 million vehicles on U.S. roads, had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi).

The cities that performed worst in the RMA tire pressure survey — in descending order — were Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Antonio and Birmingham. These cities had low percentages of vehicles with four properly inflated tires and larger percentages of under inflated tires.

“Under inflated tires are dangerous, waste fuel and money and cause tires to wear out faster,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Motorists can help reduce the safety risk and stop wasting gas and money by taking five minutes to check tire pressure every month.”

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, has some simple tips to check tire pressure properly:

  • Check tire pressure every month and before long trips – and don’t forget the spare!
  • Remember to check tires before driving – when tires are cold – to get an accurate reading.
  • Use the correct tire inflation pressure, which can be found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual. Don’t look at the tire sidewall, which has the maximum pressure for the 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.

Orlando Drivers Need to Be Tire Smart

City Fares Poorly in Tire Pressure SurveyFor more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 30, 2010 - Before hitting the road for the July 4th holiday, Orlando drivers need to pay more attention to their tires, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The tire manufacturer trade group conducted a vehicle tire pressure survey that ranked Orlando in the bottom five among more than 30 U.S. cities.

Only 12 percent of Orlando vehicles had four properly inflated tires and two out of every three had at least one under inflated tire. About one in six vehicles had a tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch – a significant loss of tire pressure.

Nationally, under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, low tire pressure can cost motorists up to 9 cents a gallon at the gas pump. Under inflated tires cause a vehicle to work harder and burn more gas.

The RMA survey of more than 6,300 vehicles in 33 cities this year also found only 17 percent of vehicles had four properly inflated tires. More than 15 percent, representing 38 million vehicles on U.S. roads, had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi).

The cities that performed worst in the RMA tire pressure survey — in descending order — were Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Antonio and Birmingham. These cities had low percentages of vehicles with four properly inflated tires and larger percentages of under inflated tires.

“Under inflated tires are dangerous, waste fuel and money and cause tires to wear out faster,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Motorists can help reduce the safety risk and stop wasting gas and money by taking five minutes to check tire pressure every month.”

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, has some simple tips to check tire pressure properly:

  • Check tire pressure every month and before long trips – and don’t forget the spare!
  • Remember to check tires before driving – when tires are cold – to get an accurate reading.
  • Use the correct tire inflation pressure, which can be found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual. Don’t look at the tire sidewall, which has the maximum pressure for the 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.

Los Angeles Drivers Need To Be Tire Smart

City Fares Poorly in Tire Pressure Survey

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 30, 2010 - Before hitting the road for the July 4th holiday, Los Angeles drivers need to pay more attention to their tires, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The tire manufacturer trade group conducted a vehicle tire pressure survey that ranked Los Angeles in the bottom five among more than 30 U.S. cities.

Only 18 percent of Los Angeles vehicles had four properly inflated tires and two out of every three had at least one under inflated tire. About one in six vehicles had a tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch – a significant loss of tire pressure.

Nationally, under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, low tire pressure can cost motorists up to 9 cents a gallon at the gas pump. Under inflated tires cause a vehicle to work harder and burn more gas.

The RMA survey of more than 6,300 vehicles in 33 cities this year also found only 17 percent of vehicles had four properly inflated tires. More than 15 percent, representing 38 million vehicles on U.S. roads, had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi).

The cities that performed worst in the RMA tire pressure survey — in descending order — were Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Antonio and Birmingham. These cities had low percentages of vehicles with four properly inflated tires and larger percentages of under inflated tires.

“Under inflated tires are dangerous, waste fuel and money and cause tires to wear out faster,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Motorists can help reduce the safety risk and stop wasting gas and money by taking five minutes to check tire pressure every month.”

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, has some simple tips to check tire pressure properly:

  • Check tire pressure every month and before long trips – and don’t forget the spare!
  • Remember to check tires before driving – when tires are cold – to get an accurate reading.
  • Use the correct tire inflation pressure, which can be found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual. Don’t look at the tire sidewall, which has the maximum pressure for the 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.

Dallas/Ft. Worth Drivers Need To Be Tire Smart

City Fares Poorly in Tire Pressure Survey

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 30, 2010 - Before hitting the road for the July 4th holiday, Dallas/Ft. Worth drivers need to pay more attention to their tires, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The tire manufacturer trade group conducted a vehicle tire pressure survey that ranked Dallas/Ft. Worth in the bottom five among more than 30 U.S. cities.

Only five percent of Dallas/Ft. Worth vehicles had four properly inflated tires and two out of every three had at least one under inflated tire. About one in seven vehicles had a tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch – a significant loss of tire pressure.

Nationally, under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, low tire pressure can cost motorists up to 9 cents a gallon at the gas pump. Under inflated tires cause a vehicle to work harder and burn more gas.

The RMA survey of more than 6,300 vehicles in 33 cities this year also found only 17 percent of vehicles had four properly inflated tires. More than 15 percent, representing 38 million vehicles on U.S. roads, had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi).

The cities that performed worst in the RMA tire pressure survey — in descending order — were Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Antonio and Birmingham. These cities had low percentages of vehicles with four properly inflated tires and larger percentages of under inflated tires.

“Under inflated tires are dangerous, waste fuel and money and cause tires to wear out faster,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Motorists can help reduce the safety risk and stop wasting gas and money by taking five minutes to check tire pressure every month.”

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, has some simple tips to check tire pressure properly:

  • Check tire pressure every month and before long trips – and don’t forget the spare!
  • Remember to check tires before driving – when tires are cold – to get an accurate reading.
  • Use the correct tire inflation pressure, which can be found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual. Don’t look at the tire sidewall, which has the maximum pressure for the 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.

Birmingham Drivers Need To Be Tire Smart

City Ranked Last in Tire Pressure Survey

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 30, 2010 - Before hitting the road for the July 4th holiday, Birmingham drivers need to pay more attention to their tires, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The tire manufacturer trade group conducted a vehicle tire pressure survey that ranked Birmingham last among more than 30 U.S. cities.

Only eight percent of Birmingham vehicles had four properly inflated tires and two out of every three had at least one under inflated tire. Nearly one in five vehicles had a tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch – a significant loss of tire pressure.

Nationally, under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, low tire pressure can cost motorists up to 9 cents a gallon at the gas pump. Under inflated tires cause a vehicle to work harder and burn more gas.

The RMA survey of more than 6,300 vehicles in 33 cities this year also found only 17 percent of vehicles had four properly inflated tires. More than 15 percent, representing 38 million vehicles on U.S. roads, had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi).

The cities that performed worst in the RMA tire pressure survey — in descending order — were Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Antonio and Birmingham. These cities had low percentages of vehicles with four properly inflated tires and larger percentages of under inflated tires.

“Under inflated tires are dangerous, waste fuel and money and cause tires to wear out faster,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Motorists can help reduce the safety risk and stop wasting gas and money by taking five minutes to check tire pressure every month.”

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, has some simple tips to check tire pressure properly:

  • Check tire pressure every month and before long trips – and don’t forget the spare!
  • Remember to check tires before driving – when tires are cold – to get an accurate reading.
  • Use the correct tire inflation pressure, which can be found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual. Don’t look at the tire sidewall, which has the maximum pressure for the 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.

Safety From the Ground Up This July 4th

Check Tires Before Hitting the Road

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 30, 2010 - Nearly 140 million vehicles in the U.S. may start the July 4th holiday by wasting fuel and risking safety all because of under inflated tires. A survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) found that 55 percent of vehicles had at least one under inflated tire.

Under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, low tire pressure can cost motorists up to 9 cents a gallon at the gas pump. Under inflated tires cause a vehicle to work harder and burn more gas.

The RMA survey of more than 6,300 vehicles in 33 cities this year also found only 17 percent of vehicles had four properly inflated tires. More than 15 percent, representing 38 million vehicles on U.S. roads, had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi).

The cities that performed worst in the RMA tire pressure survey — in descending order — were Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Antonio and Birmingham. These cities had low percentages of vehicles with four properly inflated tires and larger percentages of under inflated tires.

“Under inflated tires are dangerous, waste fuel and money and cause tires to wear out faster,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Motorists can help reduce the safety risk and stop wasting gas and money by taking five minutes to check tire pressure every month.”

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, has some simple tips to check tire pressure properly:

  • Check tire pressure every month and before long trips – and don’t forget the spare!
  • Remember to check tires before driving – when tires are cold – to get an accurate reading.
  • Use the correct tire inflation pressure, which can be found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual. Don’t look at the tire sidewall, which has the maximum pressure for the 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.

“Air” On the Green Side This Earth Day: Check Tire Pressure

Properly Inflated Tires Help Consumers Be Green, Save Green!

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.April 21, 2010 - Consumers can be green and save “green” for Earth Day just by checking their vehicle’s tire pressure.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade association for tire manufacturers in the U.S., says that properly inflated tires can improve vehicle fuel efficiency and help motorists burn less gas, reduce emissions and save money, too.

“Earth Day is great time to consider simple ways to help our environment,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “An under inflated tire wastes fuel. When a tire loses air, it takes more energy to keep it rolling efficiently. To make matters worse, under inflated tires will wear out faster, which means replacing tires more often – which uses more energy and causes consumers to spend additional money.”

The federal government estimates that properly inflated tires can improve fuel efficiency by 3.3 percent, saving consumers about 8 cents per gallon at the pump.

Plenty of vehicles are wasting fuel. According to a 2009 tire pressure survey by RMA, about half of all vehicles have at least one under inflated tire. Worse, nearly 20 percent vehicles have at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi) – a significant loss of pressure.

RMA recommends that motorists check tires once per month and before long trips. The correct tire pressure for vehicles is located on a sticker on the driver’s door or in the owner’s manual. Tires should be checked before driving.

For more information, visit www.betiresmart.org.

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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.

Record Participation for 8th National Tire Safety Week

More Than 21,000 Outlets to Offer RMA’s Be Tire Smart Materials

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 5, 2009 - The eighth annual National Tire Safety Week, June 7-13, will feature record participation by tire retailers, auto dealers and auto service stations nationwide, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

More than 5.5 million Be Tire Smart brochures have been shipped to be distributed to consumers in more than 21,000 retail outlets nationwide.

A project sponsored by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) found that about half of surveyed passenger vehicles had at least one under inflated tire. More alarming is that nearly one in five vehicles had at least one significantly under inflated tire that can compromise safety and waste gas.

Among the RMA tire pressure survey findings:

• Only 9% of vehicles had four properly inflated tires.
• 50% of vehicles had at least one under inflated tire.
• 19% of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi.)
• 26% of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 6 psi.
• 38% of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 4 psi.

Although all new vehicles are now equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems, these systems issue a low pressure warning only after tire pressure drops 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure. In many cases, an 8 psi loss of pressure would not trigger a warning light and would cause a loss of fuel economy and could lead to a vehicle safety issue.

Tire pressure information was collected by several tire retail companies that have partnered with RMA in the Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART program.

Tire pressure data collected on 5,478 vehicles in the Boston, Providence, Jacksonville, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Austin, Houston, Chicago, Detroit and Portland, OR areas. Tire retailers participating in the data collection were: Sullivan Tire and Auto (Boston, Providence); National Tire and Battery (NTB) (Chicago, Houston); Discount Tire Company (Albuquerque, Phoenix, Austin, Detroit); Auto Tire (St. Louis); Les Schwab Tire (Portland, OR); Pep Boys (Philadelphia); and Tire Kingdom (Jacksonville, Orlando, West Palm Beach, FL).

“We are extremely grateful to our retail partners who committed resources and effort to help collect this information,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “The data is very helpful in demonstrating the need for continued education efforts to help consumers understand the importance of regular tire care.”

Survey fact sheets and other information about National Tire Safety Week can be found at www.betiresmart.org. Web site visitors also can listen to four radio public service announcements that are being distributed to 3,000 stations nationwide. Two of the announcements feature David Ragan, NASCAR driver of the #6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion.

“Gaining access to a NASCAR driver these past few years for public service announcements has helped RMA reach millions of radio listeners with tire care messages,” Zielinski said. “Discount Tire has been very generous in helping secure Mr. Ragan’s cooperation and we deeply appreciate their commitment to our Be Tire Smart program.”

The Be Tire Smart program is funded by RMA’s tire manufacturer members: Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Continental Tire North America, Inc., Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Michelin North America, Inc., Pirelli North America, Inc., Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. and Yokohama Tire Corporation.

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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.

Falling Temperatures Can Affect tire Pressure

Tire Makers Urge Motorists to Be Tire Smart and Check Tire Pressure Regularly

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.October 1, 2008 - Autumn brings falling leaves and temperatures but also can cause a drop in tire pressure. For every 10 degree Fahrenheit drop in temperature tire pressure can drop 1-2 pounds per square inch (psi).

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), a trade organization that represents tire manufacturers, is again reminding motorists to check tire pressure at least once a month. According to RMA, under inflated tires can pose a safety risk, waste fuel and cause tires to wear out prematurely.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that about one in every three cars has a significantly under inflated tire and that 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries occur every year as a result of low tire pressure-related crashes. Additionally, properly inflated tires can improve fuel economy by 3.3 percent or about 12 cents per gallon.

According to an RMA-sponsored survey, 85 percent of drivers do not know how to properly check their tire pressure.

“Checking tires is important throughout the year but with temperatures starting to fall, motorists need to be aware of the affect on tire pressure,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Keeping tires properly inflated promotes safety, maximizes fuel economy and helps tires last.”

For more information about proper tire care, visit www.betiresmart.org.

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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.