Regularly rotating your vehicle's tires will help you achieve
more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle owner's manual has a
specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is
about every 6,000 miles.
you know the first thing about taking care of your tires? Most U.S.
drivers don't, according to research by the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
Nearly 90 percent of drivers surveyed this year arent checking
their tire pressure properly and many do not know enough about how
to care for their tires correctly. In response to its research, the
Rubber Manufacturers Association created National Tire Safety Week,
a campaign dedicated to educating drivers about the importance of
tire safety, and urging them to check their tires once a month.
research shows a significant need for tire safety education throughout
the country, especially as we approach the busy summer driving season,"
said Donald B. Shea, RMA President and CEO.
RMA released results from a survey conducted by FrederickPolls in
February 2002 on U.S. drivers attitudes toward and knowledge
of basic tire safety, revealing that drivers need to be better informed
about proper tire care. The RMA research found that 89 percent
of drivers are not checking their tire pressure properly and 66
percent of drivers dont know where to find the proper tire inflation
pressure for their vehicles tires. Also, more than half of drivers
surveyed dont know what a tire wear bar is and that
it indicates when tires are bald.
tires at the recommended inflation pressure will help reduce the risk
of tire failure. Tread is important because it grips the road, providing
tires with traction.
summer approaches, more drivers will be hitting the highways for their
summer destinations. RMA also found that one in three drivers is
not checking the pressure in their tires before taking a long trip
with a fully loaded vehicle. One in four drivers incorrectly believes
that they are better off having their tires a little bit underinflated
when their vehicles are fully loaded. Excess baggage and items in
a car can put additional pressure and stress on tires, which could
lead to tire failure.
research, combined with other tire-related data by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AAA, is alarming. NHTSA
found that one in four passenger cars and one in three light trucks/SUVs
has at least one significantly underinflated tire, totaling nearly
60 million vehicles. NHTSA also found that nine percent of passenger
cars have at least one bald tire.
your tire pressure could literally mean the difference between life
and death. We urge all motorists to check their tires monthly and
before long road trips," said Annette M. Sandberg, Deputy Administrator
better protect motorists, NHTSA last November launched a tire safety
campaign stressing the importance of proper tire inflation and vehicle
load limits. The campaign is also designed to encourage motorists
to check their tires monthly, as well as prior to a long trip, to
be sure they have adequate tread.
more information and tips on tire care, visit the Rubber Manufacturers
For tips on how to choose the best tires for your vehicle, click here.