Would it bother you to learn that nearly 7 out of 10 vehicles on the road are not as safe as they should be?
A four-month survey of more than 3,000 vehicles by The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) found the following:
- 69% of cars had at least one underinflated tire.
- 18% of vehicles had at least one tire underinflated by 8 psi (pounds per square inch).
- One in five vehicles was riding on at least one tire that was significantly underinflated.
- Only 9% of vehicles had four properly inflated tires.
Underinflation can lead to poor handling, premature wear and even tire failure, which can cause serious accidents that involve multiple vehicles.
"Too many motorists continue to ignore the only equipment on their vehicles that touch the road," said Dan Zielinski, the RMA's Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. "It takes just five minutes to check and properly inflate tires to optimize vehicle fuel economy and reduce the risk of tire problems."
The RMA also concluded that:
- 5 out of 6 drivers are not checking their tire pressure properly.
- 2 out of 3 drivers don't check the spare tire.
- 50% of drivers do not know how to tell if a tire is bald.
The survey was conducted in 26 U.S. cities from November 2013 through February 2014.