TORONTO, Ontario (Dec. 29, 2005) — The Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) will hold its 2006 National Tire Safety Week events May 14-21.
The event, being held for the third straight year in Canada, is an initiative of the “Be Tire Smart–Play Your Part” program initiated in 2001 by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) in the U.S.
The event is designed to help drivers learn the simple steps they can take to ensure their tires are in good working condition. Last year more than 1,200 tire and auto retail locations participated in tire safety week, the RAC said.
Tire Safety Week in the U.S. will take place three weeks earlier, April 23-29, according to the RMA.
Underscoring the need for a safety awareness campaign, the RAC noted that a recent study it conducted with the government of Canada showed that 70 percent of the vehicles on the road have at least one tire that is mis-inflated by more than 10 percent.
Besides promoting safety through proper tire inflation and maintenance, the RAC points out that proper maintenance increases fuel efficiency, decreases energy use and lessens greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Tire and auto retailers interested in obtaining free materials for National Tire Safety Week can order them online at www.betiresmart.ca.