RMA Announces New National Tire Safety Week Date

Mark Your Calendars! Event Moves to June in 2009

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.October 15, 2008 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association today announced the eighth Annual National Tire Safety Week will be held June 7-13, 2009.

Next year’s National Tire Safety Week schedule represents a departure from previous years when the event was held in late April. Future National Tire Safety Weeks also will be scheduled in June.

The annual event is an initiative of the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program, a year-round effort designed to help drivers learn the simple steps they can take to ensure that their tires are in good working condition. RMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers.

Tire manufacturers and retailers nationwide will work to educate motorists about proper tire care and maintenance. RMA provides tire retailers, auto dealers and automotive repair shops with free “Be Tire Smart” brochures and other materials. Many participating retail outlets use the opportunity to promote tire care through advertising, promotions, free tire pressure checks and conducting media outreach.

More than 19,000 tire dealers, auto dealers and automotive repair shops participated during the 2008 National Tire Safety Week.

“Each year, we continue to see more tire and auto industry retail locations join in the effort to help educate motorists about the benefits of regular tire maintenance,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president. “Ensuring that tires are properly inflated every month will save consumers money at the gas pump, help keep tires rolling longer and promote safety.”

Partners in the Be Tire Smart program include tire retailers, auto dealers, safety advocates and state government agencies. Among the list of Be Tire Smart partners are: AAA, American Car Care Centers (ACCC), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Big 10 Tires, Belle Tire, Big O Tires, Costco, Discount Tire Co., Expert Tire, Firestone Complete Auto Care, GCR Tire Centers, Goodyear Auto Centers, Just Tires, Kaufman Tire, Les Schwab, Merchant’s Tire, National Tire and Battery (NTB), National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), Northwest Tire, Peerless Tires, Pep Boys, Sears Automotive Centers, STS Tire and Auto Centers, Sullivan Tire and Auto Service, Tire Factory, Tire Industry Association (TIA), Tire Kingdom, Tire One, Tires Plus, Tire Warehouse, Town Fair Tires, VIP Parts, Tires and Service, Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express and many others.

Tire and auto retailers who are interested in obtaining free RMA materials for National Tire Safety Week can order them online at www.betiresmart.org. Those who have participated in the event before can expect to receive materials again this year.

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.

For more information on the Be Tire Smart Program and National Tire Safety Week visit www.betiresmart.org.

“Fall” Back Into a Tire Maintenance Routine

Don’t Let New Vehicle Technology Replace Your Old-Fashioned Tire Gauge

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.October 2, 2007 - If you are buying a new car this fall, newly mandated devices will help monitor your vehicle’s tire pressure. However, a tire industry group cautions that new tire pressure monitoring systems are not a replacement for an old-fashioned tire gauge.

Federal law requires every new 2008 model year vehicle to come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system that will warn a driver when tire pressure drops 25 percent. The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, says that is no reason to throw away your tire gauge.

“Motorists risk tire damage if they wait to check tires until they see a dashboard warning light after a 25 percent loss of tire pressure,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA vice president, communications. “For many vehicles, a pressure loss of less than 25 percent increases risk. That’s why motorists must check tire pressure every month with a tire gauge.”

A 2007 RMA survey indicates that tire pressure monitoring systems may cause drivers to become more complacent about tire care. Two-thirds of drivers reported that they would be “less concerned with routinely maintaining” tire pressure if their vehicle had a monitoring system.

Additionally, when asked how often they would check tire pressure if their vehicle were equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, an alarming 40 percent of drivers said that they would either “never” manually check tire pressure or check it “only when the warning light comes on.”

“Tire pressure monitoring systems can be effective at detecting an unexpected loss of tire pressure,” Zielinski said. “But it is no substitute for regular tire maintenance with a tire gauge.” Tires can lose 1-2 pounds-per-square inch (PSI) of pressure each month.

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

“With Fall here, checking tire pressure is important because tire pressure drops 1-2 PSI for every 10 degree drop in temperature,” Zielinski said. “Keeping tires properly inflated promotes safety, maximizes fuel economy and helps tires last.”

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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.

Minneapolis Motorists Urged to “Be Tire Smart”

Poor Tire Care Costing Consumers at the Gas Pump

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 23, 2006 - Motorists who plan on hitting the road for summer vacation can save money and promote safety by taking just five minutes each month to keep their tires properly inflated, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

“Poor tire care is leading many drivers to waste fuel and money,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA vice president. ”Under inflated tires make your car burn more fuel due to increased friction between your car and the road.”

A survey by RMA found that 63 percent of motorists chose maintaining tire pressure as the most important action to take to save money at the gas pump. However, 81 percent of drivers fail to properly check tire pressure.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, properly inflated tires can improve vehicle fuel economy by 3.3 percent and save about nine cents per gallon of gas.

Proper tire care also has a more important benefit – safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under inflated tires contribute to 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year. Other government research shows that about one in four passenger cars and nearly one in three light trucks have at least one significantly under inflated tire.

“Tires that are poorly maintained are a safety risk,” Zielinski said. “Under inflation causes tires to experience heat buildup that may lead to tire damage. If you combine under inflated tires with hot summer temperatures and fully-loaded vehicles traveling at highway speeds, you could be a risk for tire failure.”

Drivers can take advantage of a free tire care clinic at the Golden Valley American Car Care Center located at 600 Decatur Avenue North in Minneapolis from 7:30 a.m. until noon. The tire care clinic will offer motorists a free inflation pressure and tread depth check plus an opportunity to learn proper tire care and maintenance. Motorists who visit the clinic will get a free tire gauge and tire care information.

“RMA research shows drivers do not know enough about proper tire care,” Zielinski said. This free tire care event will help Minneapolis drivers become more aware of the importance of checking their tires.”

Other findings from RMA include:

  • Each month, three out of four drivers wash their cars while only one out of seven correctly checks their tire pressure.
  • More than half of drivers — 53 percent — wrongly believe that the correct inflation pressure is printed on the tire sidewall.
  • 29 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.
  • 73 percent of drivers never check the pressure in their spare tire.

RMA launched the Be Tire Smart — Play Your PART program in 2000. The educational program aims to teach drivers about the importance of taking simple care and maintenance steps to keep tires safe and performing at optimal levels. Nationwide, more than 15,000 tire dealers, automobile and safety organizations across the country distribute RMA’s tire safety information to consumers. For additional tire safety tips or to learn more about the Be Tire Smart program, visitwww.betiresmart.org. 

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 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.

Indianapolis Motorists Urged to “Be Tire Smart”

Poor Tire Care Costing Consumers at the Gas Pump

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 22, 2006 - Motorists who plan on hitting the road for summer vacation can save money and promote safety by taking just five minutes each month to keep their tires properly inflated, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

“Poor tire care is leading many drivers to waste fuel and money,” said Kim Weber, RMA director, government relations. ”Under inflated tires make your car burn more fuel due to increased friction between your car and the road.”

A survey by RMA found that 63 percent of motorists chose maintaining tire pressure as the most important action to take to save money at the gas pump. However, 81 percent of drivers fail to properly check tire pressure.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, properly inflated tires can improve vehicle fuel economy by 3.3 percent and save about nine cents per gallon of gas.

Proper tire care also has a more important benefit – safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under inflated tires contribute to 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year. Other government research shows that about one in four passenger cars and nearly one in three light trucks have at least one significantly under inflated tire.

“Tires that are poorly maintained are a safety risk,” Weber said. “Under inflation causes tires to experience heat buildup that may lead to tire damage. If you combine under inflated tires with hot summer temperatures and fully-loaded vehicles traveling at highway speeds, you could be a risk for tire failure.”

Drivers can take advantage of a free tire care clinic at Big O Tires located at 5707 West 86th Street in Indianapolis from 7:00 a.m. until noon. The tire care clinic will offer motorists a free inflation pressure and tread depth check plus an opportunity to learn proper tire care and maintenance. Motorists who visit the clinic will get a free tire gauge and tire care information.

“RMA research shows drivers do not know enough about proper tire care,” Weber said. This free tire care event will help Indianapolis drivers become more aware of the importance of checking their tires.”

Other findings from RMA include:

  • Each month, three out of four drivers wash their cars while only one out of seven correctly checks their tire pressure.
  • More than half of drivers — 53 percent — wrongly believe that the correct inflation pressure is printed on the tire sidewall.
  • 29 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.
  • 73 percent of drivers never check the pressure in their spare tire.

RMA launched the Be Tire Smart — Play Your PART program in 2000. The educational program aims to teach drivers about the importance of taking simple care and maintenance steps to keep tires safe and performing at optimal levels. Nationwide, more than 15,000 tire dealers, automobile and safety organizations across the country distribute RMA’s tire safety information to consumers. For additional tire safety tips or to learn more about the Be Tire Smart program, 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 more than 100 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.

Kansas City Motorists Urged to “Be Tire Smart”

Poor Tire Care Costing Consumers at the Gas Pump

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 20, 2006 - Motorists who plan on hitting the road for summer vacation can save money and promote safety by taking just five minutes each month to keep their tires properly inflated, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

“Poor tire care is leading many drivers to waste fuel and money,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA vice president. ”Under inflated tires make your car burn more fuel due to increased friction between your car and the road.”

A survey by RMA found that 63 percent of motorists chose maintaining tire pressure as the most important action to take to save money at the gas pump. However, 81 percent of drivers fail to properly check tire pressure.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, properly inflated tires can improve vehicle fuel economy by 3.3 percent and save about nine cents per gallon of gas.

Proper tire care also has a more important benefit – safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under inflated tires contribute to 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year. Other government research shows that about one in four passenger cars and nearly one in three light trucks have at least one significantly under inflated tire.

“Tires that are poorly maintained are a safety risk,” Zielinski said. “Under inflation causes tires to experience heat buildup that may lead to tire damage. If you combine under inflated tires with hot summer temperatures and fully-loaded vehicles traveling at highway speeds, you could be a risk for tire failure.”

Drivers can take advantage of a free tire care clinic at the Goodyear Auto Service Center located at 5200 Johnson Drive in Mission from 7:30 a.m. until noon. The tire care clinic will offer motorists a free inflation pressure and tread depth check plus an opportunity to learn proper tire care and maintenance. Motorists who visit the clinic will get a free tire gauge and tire care information.

“RMA research shows drivers do not know enough about proper tire care,” Zielinski said. This free tire care event will help Kansas City drivers become more aware of the importance of checking their tires.”

Other findings from RMA include:

  • Each month, three out of four drivers wash their cars while only one out of seven correctly checks their tire pressure.
  • More than half of drivers — 53 percent — wrongly believe that the correct inflation pressure is printed on the tire sidewall.
  • 29 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.
  • 73 percent of drivers never check the pressure in their spare tire.

RMA launched the Be Tire Smart — Play Your PART program in 2000. The educational program aims to teach drivers about the importance of taking simple care and maintenance steps to keep tires safe and performing at optimal levels. Nationwide, more than 15,000 tire dealers, automobile and safety organizations across the country distribute RMA’s tire safety information to consumers. For additional tire safety tips or to learn more about the Be Tire Smart program, visit www.betiresmart.org.

# # # #

The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 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.

Springfield Motorists Urged to “Be Tire Smart”

Poor Tire Care Costing Consumers at the Gas Pump

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 20, 2006 - Motorists who plan on hitting the road for summer vacation can save money and promote safety by taking just five minutes each month to keep their tires properly inflated, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

“Poor tire care is leading many drivers to waste fuel and money,” said Kim Weber, RMA director, government relations. ”Under inflated tires make your car burn more fuel due to increased friction between your car and the road.”

A survey by RMA found that 63 percent of motorists chose maintaining tire pressure as the most important action to take to save money at the gas pump. However, 81 percent of drivers fail to properly check tire pressure.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, properly inflated tires can improve vehicle fuel economy by 3.3 percent and save about nine cents per gallon of gas.

Proper tire care also has a more important benefit – safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under inflated tires contribute to 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year. Other government research shows that about one in four passenger cars and nearly one in three light trucks have at least one significantly under inflated tire.

“Tires that are poorly maintained are a safety risk,” Weber said. “Under inflation causes tires to experience heat buildup that may lead to tire damage. If you combine under inflated tires with hot summer temperatures and fully-loaded vehicles traveling at highway speeds, you could be a risk for tire failure.”

Drivers can take advantage of a free tire care clinic at Firestone Complete Auto Care located at 407 South 6th Street in Springfield from 7:00 a.m. until noon. The tire care clinic will offer motorists a free inflation pressure and tread depth check plus an opportunity to learn proper tire care and maintenance. Motorists who visit the clinic will get a free tire gauge and tire care information.

“RMA research shows drivers do not know enough about proper tire care,” Weber said. This free tire care event will help Springfield drivers become more aware of the importance of checking their tires.”

Other findings from RMA include:

  • Each month, three out of four drivers wash their cars while only one out of seven correctly checks their tire pressure.
  • More than half of drivers — 53 percent — wrongly believe that the correct inflation pressure is printed on the tire sidewall.
  • 29 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.
  • 73 percent of drivers never check the pressure in their spare tire.

RMA launched the Be Tire Smart — Play Your PART program in 2000. The educational program aims to teach drivers about the importance of taking simple care and maintenance steps to keep tires safe and performing at optimal levels. Nationwide, more than 15,000 tire dealers, automobile and safety organizations across the country distribute RMA’s tire safety information to consumers. For additional tire safety tips or to learn more about the Be Tire Smart program, visit www.betiresmart.org.

# # # #

The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 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.

Most Motorists Fail to Properly Check Tire Pressure

Simple Tips Promote Safety, Improve Gas Mileage

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.April 24, 2006 - Better tire maintenance by motorists could reduce highway crashes, save gasoline and keep tires rolling longer according to tire manufacturers, motorist safety advocates and California highway safety officials.

Officials with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), AAA of Northern California and the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) joined forces at the start of National Tire Safety Week to urge motorists to take five minutes each month to check tire pressure or to take advantage of free tire pressure services offered by tire retailers, auto dealers, AAA-approved auto repair shops and other outlets statewide.

In a written communication, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed his support to raising California drivers’ awareness of the importance of tire maintenance. “Sound automobile tire care and maintenance protects motorist safety and saves lives,” he wrote.

During today’s event at the Goodyear Auto Center in downtown Sacramento, motorists will be provided with free tire pressure checks and received free tire gauges.

An RMA nationwide survey conducted in February, found:

  • Only 19 percent of drivers properly check their tire inflation pressure. Properly checking tires means checking at least once a month before tires have been driven even a mile and inflating them to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure, not the pressure listed on the tire sidewall.
  • 28 percent of drivers wrongly believe that the best time to check their tires is when they are warm after being driven at least a few miles.
  • Less than half of drivers know where to find the correct tire pressure – on a sticker in their vehicle that’s usually found on the driver’s door or in the owner’s manual. 53 percent wrongly believe that the correct pressure is found on the tire sidewall.
  • 73 percent of drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire.
  • Each month, three out of four drivers wash their car while only about one in five correctly checks their tire pressure.

“Our efforts are aimed at getting consumers to be aware of basic tire care practices,” said Donald B. Shea, RMA President and CEO. “Properly inflated tires maximize safety, improve fuel economy and will help tires last longer.”

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that nearly one out of every three vehicles on the road 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.

“Tires connect our vehicles to the road,” said CHP Assistant Chief Steve Beeuwsaert. “Ensuring the safety of your car and your passengers includes regular tire care and maintenance. Under inflated and over inflated tires can both be safety hazards. It is the CHP’s goal to make sure all drivers arrive safely to every destination. Motorists can do their part and protect family and friends by checking their tires at least once a month.”

AAA too often sees the consequences of the lack of tire maintenance – in California, more than 1 million calls per year are tire related. To help consumers with tire care, AAA-approved facilities throughout the state offer free maintenance and safety inspections to check for tire wear and proper inflation.

“Making sure tires are properly inflated is one of the easiest and most important maintenance procedures for drivers. Not only does it promote safety but also will save money at the gas pump,” said Jenny Mack of AAA of Northern California.

The Automobile Club of Southern California also lent its support of National Tire Safety Week. “AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities throughout the state offer free tire pressure service to all motorists,” said Elaine Beno, spokesperson for the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The California Office of Traffic Safety urged motorists to include tire care in a regular routine to ensure that their vehicles are road-worthy. “The goal here is to ensure that motorists throughout the state are taking a quick check of their tires once a month. We want tire safety to be as basic as buckling your seat belt,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy.

As a kickoff to National Tire Safety Week, RMA is co-hosting tire care events in Sacramento, Calif., Phoenix, Ariz. and Austin, Texas. This year, more than 14,000 retail stores across the country will be distributing RMA tire safety information. Nearly every tire retail outlet provides free tire pressure inflation services to all motorists.

“Motorists are welcome to all Goodyear Auto Centers for free tire pressure service throughout the year,” said Goodyear Auto Center store manager Tom Heliker. “It only takes five minutes each month with a tire gauge to check tire pressure. We’re happy to perform this service or to show drivers how to do it themselves.”

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program to promote proper tire care, which leads to a safer driving experience. PART stands for Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread, four basic elements of tire care.

More information about the “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program and National Tire Safety Week can be found at www.betiresmart.org. Additional tire safety information can be found at NHTSA’s web site, www.safercar.gov and on AAA club web sites at www.aaa.com.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 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.

Be Tire Smart Texas!

Regular Tire Care Can Improve Gas Mileage and Maximize Vehicle Safety

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.April 22, 2006 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) encourages drivers to make the safest choices when it comes to their vehicle. Each year the last week of April is dedicated to tire care and as the fifth annual National Tire Safety Week is kicked off tomorrow, RMA along with more than 14,000 partners nationwide will be communicating that proper tire maintenance can reduce highway crashes, save gasoline and keep tires rolling longer.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tire-related incidents result in more than 600 fatalities and an additional 33,000 injuries annually. In partnership with the Texas Tire Dealers Association (TTDA), RMA is urging drivers to take advantage of the tire care maintenance resources available to them at tire retail and automotive service stations throughout the state of Texas, many of which offer free tire pressure checks year round.

An RMA nationwide survey conducted in February, found:

  • Only 19 percent of drivers properly check their tire inflation pressure. Properly checking tires means checking at least once a month before tires have been driven even a mile and inflating them to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure, not the pressure listed on the tire sidewall.
  • 28 percent of drivers wrongly believe that the best time to check their tires is when they are warm after being driven at least a few miles.
  • Less than half of drivers know where to find the correct tire pressure – on a sticker in their vehicle that’s usually found on the driver’s door or in the owner’s manual. 53 percent wrongly believe that the correct pressure is found on the tire sidewall.
  • 73 percent of drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire.
  • Each month, three out of four drivers wash their car while only about one in five correctly checks their tire pressure.

“We aim to educate drivers on the benefits that result from regular tire care; a simple five minute investment each month will maximize vehicle safety, improve gas mileage and increase the lifespan of their tires,” said RMA President and CEO Donald B. Shea.

At the TTDA annual meeting today in Austin, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC and legendary racer Mario Andretti officially launched www.SafetyScholars.com. The web site will be a place for students to submit essays on their choice of topics pertaining to driving for a chance to earn college scholarship money, new laptops, Bridgestone tires and gas cards. Additionally, the site will serve as an educational resource on a wide variety of driver issues for young drivers to reference as they get acclimated to driving.

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program to promote proper tire care, which leads to a safer driving experience. PART stands for Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread, four basic elements of tire care.

More information about the “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program and National Tire Safety Week can be found at www.betiresmart.org.Additional tire safety information can be found at NHTSA’s web site, www.safercar.gov.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 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.

Be Tire Smart Arizona!

Regular Tire Care  Can Improve Gas Mileage and Maximize Vehicle Safety

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.April 21, 2006 - According to a 2006 survey, more than 80 percent of drivers do not properly check their tire pressure. For that reason, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) will be kicking off the fifth annual National Tire Safety Week this Sunday, April 23 and is encouraging Arizona drivers to be more aware of what it takes to maintain safe tires.

Governor Janet Napolitano has voiced her support by issuing a statewide proclamation that will serve as an official weeklong reminder for Arizona drivers to check their tires. The RMA joined forces with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Discount Tire, AAA-Arizona and the Arizona Department of Public Safety in Phoenix today to launch this year’s effort to educate drivers on how and why it is so important to take care of their tires.

“Unfortunately not enough drivers realize the benefits that proper tire care can have,” said Donald B. Shea, RMA President and CEO. “A quick check of your tires can improve your vehicle’s gas mileage, maximize the lifespan of your tires and lead to a safer overall driving experience, but our research shows that not enough drivers are getting the message.”

An RMA nationwide survey conducted in February, found:

  • Only 19 percent of drivers properly check their tire inflation pressure. Properly checking tires means checking at least once a month before tires have been driven even a mile and inflating them to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure, not the pressure listed on the tire sidewall.
  • 28 percent of drivers wrongly believe that the best time to check their tires is when they are warm after being driven at least a few miles.
  • Less than half of drivers know where to find the correct tire pressure – on a sticker in their vehicle that’s usually found on the driver’s door or in the owner’s manual. 53 percent wrongly believe that the correct pressure is found on the tire sidewall.
  • 73 percent of drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire.
  • Each month, three out of four drivers wash their car while only about one in five correctly checks their tire pressure.

RMA urges drivers to invest just five minutes each month for basic tire maintenance. If Arizona motorists are not sure about the best care for their tires they can have their tire pressure checked throughout the year free of charge at Discount Tire company locations, AAA-Approved Auto Repair facilities and many other tire retail stores.

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program to promote proper tire care, which leads to a safer driving experience. This year more than 14,000 tire retailers nationwide are participating in the effort to educate motorists about the importance of tire care. PART stands for Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread, four basic elements of tire care.

More information about the “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program and National Tire Safety Week can be found at www.betiresmart.org. Additional tire safety information can be found at NHTSA’s web site, www.safercar.gov and on AAA club web sites at www.aaa.com.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 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.