Traffic Safety: Have You Checked Your Tire Pressure Lately? | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Traffic Safety: Have You Checked Your Tire Pressure Lately?

Play associated audio
A recent survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association shows that 85 percent of Americans aren't checking their tire pressure each month.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tuxstorm/3311935732
A recent survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association shows that 85 percent of Americans aren't checking their tire pressure each month.

Riding in the passenger seat of a car weaving through cones at 55 miles an hour in a car with properly inflated tires is pretty exciting. But drop the tire pressure just 20 percent, and things become scary. With each turn, the car feels dangerously close to flipping over, and this one probably would have without an expert sheriff's deputy at the wheel.

Charles Cannon is the president and CEO of the Rubber Manufacturers Association. He says it's clear that most Americans aren't getting the message about proper tire pressure. A recent survey conducted by the group showed that while two-thirds of Americans wash their car at least once a month, 85 percent aren't checking their tire pressure each month.

"So they have nice, shiny, bright cars, but tens of millions of tires screaming for air," he says.

And while safety is the main concern, fuel economy is at stake as well. Kathleen Marvaso of AAA says proper inflation can improve fuel economy by up to 3 percent.

"That can translate into a difference of 12 cents for every gallon of fuel that you use," she says.

NHTSA says a common mistake is trying to "eyeball" tire pressure. Everyone needs a good tire gauge.

2011 Tire Care Fact Sheet
NPR

Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations

HBO's Game of Thrones emerged as the most-nominated series with 19 nods for the Primetime Emmy Awards, but new series such as FX's Fargo and HBO's True Detective scored, too.
NPR

'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice

A pilot found himself hungry during a midflight delay. But instead of just buying a pizza for himself, he bought 50 pizzas for the entire Frontier Airlines plane.
NPR

Administration Officials Defend Funding Request To Stem Border Crisis

President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to deal with the southern border crisis. There are predictions the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. could reach 90,000 by October.
NPR

A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In

LG's KizON wristband lets you keep tabs on your child. But some experts say such devices send the wrong message about the world we live in. And the gadgets raise questions about kids' privacy rights.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.