BOWIE, Md. — April is National Car Care Month, and the Tire Industry Association (TIA) will participate by helping motorists understand the importance of proper tire inflation.
"According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 11,000 tire-related car crashes occur in the United States," TIA said in an April 2 press release.
Blowouts, flat tires and tread separations, all caused most often by underinflation, are the main causes of tire-related road accidents, the association said.
During National Car Care Month, TIA said it will focus on informing drivers about the importance of tire inflation and other aspects of tire maintenance.
With proper tire inflation, the association said, motorists can reduce accidents caused by blowouts and flat tires; save up to 11 cents a gallon on fuel; and extend the tread-life of their tires by thousands of miles.