GREENVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 21, 2005) — More drivers are properly maintaining their tires' air pressure in light of the recent spike in gas prices, according to a survey by Michelin North America Inc.
In the survey commissioned by Michelin's Uniroyal brand in mid-August, nearly 50 percent of Americans said they are checking their air pressure once a month. Another 37 percent check the pressure quarterly, Michelin said.
In 2003, a survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) found that only one in seven drivers correctly checked their air pressure.
“Despite the best efforts of organizations such as the RMA and (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to educate drivers about the connection between proper tire air pressure and improved fuel economy, the message perhaps did not always resonate with most of the driving population. But a noticeable shift is appearing now with gas prices hovering around $3 per gallon,” the tire maker said in its statement.