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Survey: 15 percent of drivers know how to check tire pressure

Posted On Fri, June 10, 2011

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently called on summer travelers to check their tire pressure before hitting the roads this year. A new study on tire care may explain why.

According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, a large proportion of American drivers are failing to check their tire pressure, often because they don't know how.

RMA's findings indicate that just 15 percent of motorists know how to correctly check gauges to determine if they're tires have enough air.

"Unfortunately, too many motorists seem to be more concerned with cleaning their car than keeping it safe," said Charles Cannon, president and CEO of RMA.

Indeed, as the survey found 60 percent of drivers wash their car at least once a month, while 62 percent said they didn't know where to look to find the information detailing the appropriate amount of air for their tires.

Cannon went on to say that properly inflating one's tires can not only save lives but save people money, as vehicles' mileage improves. The average number of miles traveled is something auto insurance companies consider when determining rates.

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