RMA, Alliance to Save Energy Team Up on Drive $marter Challenge to Help Drivers Save on Gas

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WASHINGTON, D.C.May 19, 2009 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the Alliance to Save Energy have teamed up with a broad coalition of companies and organizations to “drive forward” the Alliance’s Drive $marter Challenge campaign designed to save drivers hundreds of dollars on gasoline and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
RMA’s Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART tire care education program and the Alliance’s Drive $marter Challenge both seek to educate consumers to take simple steps that can save money, protect the environment and promote safety.

“We share a common goal in seeking to educate motorists that proper maintenance can have significant personal and national benefits,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO.

RMA’s eighth annual National Tire Safety Week on June 7-13 will involve more than 20,000 tire and auto service outlets that will offer Be Tire Smart information to consumers. The initiative provides an opportunity to promote both environmental and safety benefits of tire care.

The Drive $marter Challenge website (www.drivesmarterchallenge.org) identifies events and gives additional tips to cut gas costs and improve the environment.

RMA, which is a leader in promoting conservation and safety messages by advocating proper tire care, has become the latest partner of the Drive $marter Challenge campaign. This effort includes diverse nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit entities working together to promote fuel efficient driving and proper vehicle maintenance and encouraging consumers to conserve energy.

“RMA is proud to join efforts with the diverse community of interests in The Drive $marter Challenge as it is a natural fit to our ongoing consumer education on the importance of regular tire maintenance,” said Cannon. “Under-inflated tires waste fuel, cause tires to wear out prematurely and increase driver’s safety risk. With fuel prices on the rise again, simple tire maintenance steps can save gas and money.”

President Obama also is an advocate of tire maintenance. On Earth Day in April, the president promoted energy efficiency and said that “the one small step Americans could take” is “to keep their tires inflated.”

“We certainly agree with President Obama and join him in urging American drivers to take five minutes every month to check tire pressure,” Cannon said.

The Drive $marter Challenge website features a unique interactive calculator showing drivers immediately how many hundreds of dollars they can save with their specific vehicles by taking six easy driving and maintenance actions.

The Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders. The Alliance to Save Energy supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource and advocates energy-efficiency policies that minimize energy use and costs to society and individual consumers and that lessen greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the global climate.

Partners of the Drive $marter Challenge include American Petroleum Institute, Car Care Council, DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ExxonMobil, League of American Bicyclists, National Association of Counties, National Association of State Energy Officials, NASCAR, National Independent Auto Dealers Association, National Low Income Energy Consortium and RMA.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 80 companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.

RMA Statement on Nomination of Charles A. “Chuck” Hurley for NHTSA Administrator

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WASHINGTON, D.C.April 9, 2009 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association looks forward to the opportunity to work with the next Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. President Obama’s choice to lead NHTSA, Charles A. “Chuck” Hurley, has a long career in automotive safety advocacy including the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, National Safety Council and, most recently, the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
“Mr. Hurley has had a distinguished career as a motorist safety advocate,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Mr. Hurley’s nomination sends a strong signal that this Administration shares the tire manufacturing industry’s commitment to safety. We recognize Mr. Hurley’s long-term efforts to engage the public making our highways safer.

“If confirmed by the Senate, we look forward to an early opportunity to meet with Mr. Hurley to educate him about our industry’s commitment to safety,” Cannon said. “We would further welcome his partnership in communicating important tire care and maintenance messages to U.S. motorists.”

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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.

National Tire Safety Week Events Educate Motorists

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WASHINGTON, D.C.May 6, 2008 - More than 19,000 tire retail, auto dealers, automotive repair shops and others participated in the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s seventh annual National Tire Safety Week this year.
RMA co-sponsored and participated in three tire care education and media events with a number of Be Tire Smart partners.

In San Francisco on April 21, RMA teamed with the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), AAA of Northern California and San Francisco police at a city Chevron gas station to check tire pressure, distribute literature and communicate tire care messages. CIWMB Chair Margo Reid Brown spoke at the event to urge motorists to check their tires so they will last longer. The agency launched a tire sustainability program last year as part of its scrap tire management mission in the state.

The next day, RMA participated in an event in southern California at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale that provided media guests with an opportunity to experience braking and driving a slalom course on both properly inflated and under inflated tires.

The event was co-sponsored by the Auto Club of Southern California and Yokohama Tire Corporation. Jim MacMaster, Yokohama Executive Vice President, Business Division and Chairman of the RMA Board of Directors spoke of the tire industry’s commitment to educating consumers about the environmental and safety benefits of proper tire care. Officers of the California Highway Patrol also participated.

On April 24, RMA and Firestone Complete Auto Care held an event at East Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia. Firestone Complete Auto Care technicians checked tire pressure and taught students how to properly maintain tires. More than 600 vehicles were checked during the event. Students who drove to school had the opportunity throughout the day to have their tires checked and to learn about the importance of proper tire pressure.

As part of the event, East Paulding High School students had the opportunity to help raise funds for a local charity Cops for Kids, an organization that promotes positive police interaction with students aged 13-16. RMA and Firestone Complete Auto Care also contributed $1,000 to the organization.

“We are very pleased with the partnerships we’ve developed over the past several years to help promote important tire care messages,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “The events we facilitated, however, were just a fraction of the activities that were undertaken by all of our partners. We are incredibly thankful to everyone who participated this year to raise awareness of the benefits of proper tire care to help save lives, save fuel and protect the environment.”

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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 Announces Safety Awards for Member Facilities

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WASHINGTON, D.C.April 13, 2008 - Fifty-three tire and rubber manufacturing facilities were recognized for improvements in worker health and safety at the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s annual meeting.

RMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP), created in 1981 recognizes member companies that achieve significant enhancements in worker health and safety with awards. The SHIP awards encourage and reward a company’s demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety.

“This industry takes pride in its efforts to promote worker safety,” said Charlie Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “The SHIP award program recognizes RMA member companies’ superior achievement to protect workers.”

Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases. The “Excellence” category is for facilities that achieve an incidence rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieve by plants that provide data to RMA.

The “Improvement” award is for plants that achieve an incidence rate that is both 10 percent better than its rate in the previous year and the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate.

One hundred and thirty-six plants from 36 RMA member companies supplied data for the annual survey to determine the extent of workplace safety improvements. The data supplied to RMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes injury and illness information on all industries.

In addition to the SHIP awards, RMA instituted a new program to recognize member companies with facilities that reported at least one million man hours worked with no lost time. The definition for lost time is a work-related injury which results in lost time from work beginning the day after the accident. Ten RMA member company plants were recognized for this achievement.

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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.

Tire Industry Helping New Drivers Become Safe Drivers

Rubber Manufacturers Association Offers Online Tire Safety Curriculum

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WASHINGTON, D.C.September 12, 2007 - Driver education teachers across the nation can take advantage of an effective online resource to help teach new drivers about tire care.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which represents tire manufacturers, developed the downloadable tire care curriculum with Young Minds Inspired. More than 16,000 high school driver education teachers, high school auto mechanic instructors, and commercial driving instructors were notified by postcard of the product’s availability on RMA’s web site, www.betiresmart.org.

Teachers responding to the mailer by October 1 can receive a free tire gauge to help them demonstrate how fast and easy it is to check tire pressure. RMA also offers free Be Tire Smart brochures to those who respond to the mailing.

The updated curriculum is based on RMA’s Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART tire care education program. “PART” stands for Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread – the four key elements of proper tire care. The educational program is designed to make learning about tire care hands-on and beneficial by including a teacher’s guide, activity sheets, reproducible student worksheets, and a Be Tire Smart Wall Poster.

A 2001 RMA survey found that students who are taught the driver education tire safety curriculum were 25% better informed than students who did not participate in the teaching. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under inflated tires are attributed to crashes that result in 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year.

“Learning about proper tire care and maintenance right from the start will increase the chances that drivers will practice tire safety for a lifetime,” said Donald B. Shea, RMA President and CEO.

The Be Tire Smart program is funded by RMA’s tire manufacturer members: Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc., Continental Tire North America, Inc., Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Michelin North America, Pirelli North America, Inc., Toyo Tire North America 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 more than 80 companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires. All RMA press releases can be accessed at www.rma.org.

Hot Temps, Low Air Pressure May Lead to Tire Trouble

Proper Tire Pressure Promotes Safety, Saves Gas, Helps Tires Last

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WASHINGTON, D.C.June 28, 2007 - Summer time heat and under inflated tires may spell trouble on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries occur each year due to under inflated tires.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, recommends that tire pressure be checked every month and before long trips. Remember to check tires before driving – when tires are cold – to get an accurate reading. Driving even a mile can cause tire inflation pressure to increase. Use the correct tire inflation pressure, which can be found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual.

“Heat is the enemy of a tire,” says Donald B. Shea, president and CEO, Rubber Manufacturers Association. “Under inflation generates heat within a tire and when combined with hot, summer air temperatures can cause dangerous safety issues for your vehicle. Properly inflated tires help maximize safety, fuel economy and tire longevity.”

A 2007 motorist survey by RMA found:

  • Eighty-five percent of drivers fail to properly check tire pressure. Properly checking pressure means checking every month when tires are cold and using the correct tire pressure.
  • Sixty percent of drivers don’t know where to find the correct inflation pressure for their vehicle. The correct pressure is found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual – not the tire sidewall.
  • Twenty-six 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.
  • Nearly seven in ten drivers wash their vehicle every month but only 15 percent properly check tire pressure.

“Checking tire pressure takes only five minutes every month with a tire gauge. If you’re unsure of what to do, most tire retailers, auto dealers and auto service facilities will check and adjust tire pressure free of charge.”

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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. RMA’s tire manufacturer members include Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc., Continental Tire North America, Inc., Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Michelin North America, Pirelli North America, Inc., Toyo Tire North America and Yokohama Tire Corporation.

Twenty-Six States Declare Support for National Tire Safety Week

Effort Promotes Tire Care tp Save Lives and Save Fuel

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WASHINGTON, D.C.April 25, 2007 - Twenty-six states have issued proclamations or statements to support the tire industry’s education efforts for this year’s National Tire Safety Week, which runs April 22-28.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) expressed gratitude to the states for assisting in communicating RMA’s message about proper and routine tire care to promote safety, prevent vehicle crashes and save lives.

“Proper tire care is essential to vehicle safety and optimum fuel economy,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA vice president, communications. “We appreciate states’ efforts to promote highway safety by urging motorists to take just five minutes every month to check their tires.”

States issuing a proclamation or statement supporting National Tire Safety Week include: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The statements are available at www.betiresmart.org.

The federal government estimates that 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually are attributed to under-inflated tires. According to an RMA survey, only 19 percent of motorists properly check tire pressure and 70 percent of motorists never check the air in their spare tire. Results found that only one in three drivers knows how to tell if a tire is bald.

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” tire care education program. RMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers.

RMA recommends that motorists check tire inflation pressure (including the spare) once a month and before long trips. Drivers should also periodically check wheel alignment and rotate their vehicle’s tires every 5,000-8,000 miles to ensure even tire wear. To check tire tread, insert a penny head-first into your tire tread groove. If you can see all of President Lincoln’s head, it’s time for a new tire.

More than 17,000 tire retail, auto dealer and automotive repair facilities offered RMA’s Be Tire Smart brochure to motorists for this year’s National Tire Safety Week. Virtually all of RMA’s partners offer free tire inflation pressure service all year and will also measure tread depth.

“Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that touch the road,” Zielinski said. “With regular care and maintenance, they’ll last longer and deliver optimum safety performance.”

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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.

Many U.S. Drivers “Under Pressure”

Survey Finds Fewer Motorists Checking Tire Pressure

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WASHINGTON, D.C.April 23, 2007 - U.S. drivers are less attentive to their tires than a year ago, according to a nationwide survey. Just over 50 percent of drivers say they have checked their tire pressure within the past month compared to 70 percent last year at a time when fuel prices peaked.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) urges motorist to check tire pressure each month to promote vehicle safety, improve fuel efficiency and maximize tire longevity. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that low tire pressure-related crashes are to blame for 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries every year. NHTSA estimates that about one in four cars and one in three light trucks has at least one significantly under inflated tire.

“Low tire pressure is a safety concern,” said Donald B. Shea, RMA President and CEO. “Our most recent survey suggests that when gas prices began to drop last fall, so did drivers’ attention to their tires. Motorists need to understand that tire pressure is more than just saving a couple of dollars at the pump.”

Driver complacency may grow as mandatory tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) begin to be installed in vehicles. In 2008, all new cars will be equipped with a TPMS that will alert drivers when tire pressure drops 25 percent. Survey results indicate that more than two-thirds of drivers said that they would be less concerned with regular tire maintenance if their vehicle were equipped with TPMS.

“Tire pressure monitors are not a replacement for using a tire gauge every month,” said Shea. “Since tire pressure monitors only issue a warning after a significant drop in tire pressure, motorists are risking tire damage by ignoring regular maintenance.”

An RMA nationwide survey conducted in February found:

  • Only 55 percent of drivers say they have checked tire pressure within the past month compared to 70 percent last year when fuel prices peaked.
  • A total of 40% of drivers said that if their vehicle were equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, they would either never check tire pressure (16%) or would only check tire pressure if they saw the dashboard warning light (24%).
  • 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. Another 15 percent do not know where to find the correct pressure.
  • 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.
  • 63 percent of motorists cite checking tire pressure as a top fuel saving tip. (2006 survey)

These alarming statistics are a critical reason why RMA is sponsoring the sixth annual National Tire Safety Week, which runs April 22 – 28. National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program to educate motorists about the importance of proper tire care and promote a safer driving experience. PART stands for pressure, alignment, rotation and tread, the four key elements of tire care.

More than 17,000 tire dealers, auto dealers, AAA clubs and others throughout the country will make RMA tire care information brochures available to consumers during National Tire Safety Week. Additionally, most tire retail locations provide free tire pressure services to motorists throughout the year.

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, Big 10 Tires, Belle Tire, Big O Tires, Discount Tire Co., Dunn Tire, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Goodyear Auto Service 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, ProCare Automotive Services, Sears Automotive Centers, STS Tire and Auto Centers, Sullivan Tires, Tire Factory, Tire Kingdom, Tires Plus, Town Fair Tires, VIP Parts, Tires and Service, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club and many others.

More information about the “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program and National Tire Safety Week can be found at www.betiresmart.org.

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

Sixth National Tire Safety Week Reaches Record Participation

More Than 17,000 Tire and Auto Repair Outlets To Participate

“Be Tire Smart” Brochure

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 WASHINGTON, D.C.March 14, 2007 - More than 17,000 tire and auto repair outlets will be offering consumers information to help them “Be Tire Smart” for the sixth annual National Tire Safety Week sponsored by the Rubber Manufacturers Association April 22-28.

Participants in this year’s National Tire Safety Week will see a revised “Be Tire Smart” brochure with a new and improved look and additional information about tire pressure monitoring systems, nitrogen inflation and help in finding a vehicle’s tire information label.

“Evaluating and improving the content of the Be Tire Smart program is important to continually engage motorists with reminders that tire care is a critical component of vehicle safety,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA vice president, communications.

RMA is planning a number of events around the country prior to and during National Tire Safety Week including radio public service announcements, media outreach and tire safety events. Many participants in National Tire Safety Week also are planning their own promotional, advertising and community outreach activities.

“Each year, we are more grateful for the effort by all of the tire retailers, auto dealers, auto repair shops, AAA clubs and others who work with us to communicate important tire care information to consumers,” Zielinski said. “Many of those businesses continue this education effort throughout the year and serve as a resource to their customers and communities.”

For more information about participating in National Tire Safety Week, visit www.rma.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.

Minneapolis Motorists Urged to “Be Tire Smart”

Poor Tire Care Costing Consumers at the Gas Pump

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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.