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Survey Says…Eighty-Five Percent of Drivers Do Not Properly Check Tire Pressure

A Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) nationwide survey, conducted in February, found that only 15 percent of drivers properly check their tire inflation pressure. Properly checking tires means checking at least once amonth 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.

The survey also found that 29 percent of drivers wrongly believe that the best time to check their tires is when they are warm, after being driven atleast a few miles; two out of three drivers don't know how to tell if their tires are bald; and 73 percent of drivers do not check their tire pressure in their spare tire. AAA clubs across the nation often see the consequences of the lack of tiremaintenance. Nearly four million of the 29.5 million service calls (13.2 percent) AAA receives annually are tire related.

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Steps for Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure

Step 1: Know Your Correct PSI
Locate the recommended tire pressure in your vehicle owner’s manual. Even though a recommended pressure may be listed from the tire manufacturer, the vehicle manufacturer’s rating is preferred.

Step 2: Check Tire Pressure
Utilizing an accurate tire gauge, check all the tires to make sure they have the same air pressure (except in cases in which the front and rear tires are supposed to have different amounts of pressure).

Step 3: If Tire Pressure IS TOO HIGH
Slowly release air by gently pressing on the tire valve stem with the edge of your tire gauge until you get to the correct pressure.

Step 4: If Tire Pressure IS TOO LOW
The difference between the measured tire pressure and the correct tire pressure requires additional air. These "missing" pounds of pressure are what you will need to add.

Step 5: Inflating Your Tires
At a service station, add the missing pounds of air pressure to each tire that is under inflated.

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Each month, three out of four drivers wash their cars while only one out of seven correctly checks their tire pressure.

Motorists rank checking tire pressure as the second most important regular vehicle safety action, but more than three times as many drivers believe regular oil changes are most important to the safe operation of their vehicles

Only 15 percent of drivers properly check their tire inflation pressure.

More than half of drivers -55 percent - incorrectly believe that the correct inflation pressure is printed on the tire sidewall.

Two out of three drivers don't know how to tell if their tires are bald.

71 percent of drivers do not check their tire pressure in their spare tire.

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