WASHINGTON (July 2, 2004)—The Rubber Manufacturers Association brought its national tire care awareness tour to New England in a pre-July 4th, three-state swing to help educate motorists about the importance of proper tire care.&Copy;
The RMA said its research indicates that only 14 percent of New England drivers properly check their tires. The RMA hosted three free tire care events, June 24-26 at Town Fair Tire in Hartford, Conn.; VIP Parts, Tires and Service in Portland, Maine; and Sullivan Tire in Fall River, Mass.
“RMA research shows New Englanders rank below the national average for proper tire care,” said Donald Shea, RMA president and CEO. “We are especially grateful to Town Fair Tire, VIP Parts, Tires and Service and Sullivan Tire for working with us to sponsor these free tire care events. This effort will help New England drivers make sure their tires are properly inflated, making them safer and more fuel efficient.”
Other findings from RMA's 2004 study include:
* Three out of four drivers wash their cars each month, but only one of seven correctly checks tire pressure.
* Almost half of New Englanders—45 percent—wrongly believe that the correct inflation pressure is printed on the tire sidewall.
* 33 percent of drivers in New England 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 one-third of drivers wrongly believe that if they are taking a trip with a fully loaded vehicle that they are better off if their tires are a little bit underinflated.
* 69 percent of New Englanders don't know how to tell if their tires are bald.