A recent national survey found that only one in six US drivers is “tire smart” when it comes to checking tire pressure-a quick and simple step that can optimize vehicle safety and fuel economy and helps tires last longer.
Gender and generation gap
Significant differences exist between men and women and also among younger and older drivers.
Men are more likely than women to be “tire smart,” according to the survey. About 20 percent of men and 14 percent of women are considered “tire smart.” That means fewer women know to check tire pressure monthly and to check tires when they are cold (before driving). Women know better than men where to find the correct tire pressure for their vehicle: on the driver’s doorjamb or door and in the owner’s manual.
A more stark difference exists between generations. Twenty-seven percent of drivers aged 60 and older are “tire smart” while only 8 percent of drivers 18 to 39 know the basic tips for properly checking tire pressure. The survey was conducted for the Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers in the US.
Underinflated tires pose a safety risk, waste fuel and cause premature tire wear. The US Department of Energy estimates that properly inflated tires can save about 11 cents a gallon at today’s gas prices.
Motorists can Be Tire Smart and Play Your PART.
Pressure: Check tire pressure monthly with a tire gauge and inflate to vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
Alignment: Misalignment of wheels can cause uneven and rapid tread wear.
Rotation: Rotate tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to help you achieve more uniform wear.
Tread: Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions.
For further information, visit www.betiresmart.org. North American Precis Syndicate Inc.