7/14/2011 - Tire care lacking among U.S. motorists
A new study is revealing that while a majority of Americans clean their cars at least once a month, they rarely check their tire pressure.
According to a study conducted by the Rubber Manufacturers Association, just 15 percent of motorists know how to determine if enough air is in their tires.
"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 Cannon, president and CEO of RMA.
In addition to learning how to properly inflate one's tires, RMA says there are other important aspects of tire care. These include making sure they are properly aligned, that they're rotated so wear and tear is evenly distributed and replacing the tires if the tread has worn away.
Maintaining quality tires benefits both auto insurance companies and motorists, as proper inflation improves mileage and minimizes the risk of vehicles being involved in an accident. An accident-free driving history and fewer miles traveled may lead to lower insurance rates over time.