More than 8 in 10 motorists do not know how to properly check tire pressure, according to a survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade association for tire manufacturers.

May 29-June 4 is National Tire Safety Week, an RMA initiative to raise awareness about the importance of proper tire care.

“Safety is our industry’s top priority.”

“Today’s tires are a high-tech marvel of engineering innovation that can last for tens of thousands of miles and contribute to better fuel economy but they need a few minutes of basic care each month to perform at their peak,” said Anne Forristall Luke, RMA President and CEO.

RMA wants motorists to start a tire care habit that includes checking tire pressure monthly and before long trips, and measuring and inspecting tread.

To properly check tire pressure, RMA says to use the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure which can be found on the driver’s door post or in the owner’s manual, check tire pressure before driving and use a tire gauge. Drivers should also inspect tire tread for punctures or other damage and measure tread depth.

RMA research shows that drivers need to pay more attention to their tires:

  • 4 out of 5 drivers don’t know how to properly check tire pressure
  • One half of drivers wrongly believe that the correct pressure is listed on the tire
  • 2 out of 3 drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire
  • 1 in 3 drivers do not know how to tell if their tires are worn out

“National Tire Safety Week is all about reminding busy consumers of the importance of taking good care of their tires,” added Anne Forristall Luke. “Properly maintained tires have a proven, positive impact on safety, save consumers money and benefit the environment through greater fuel economy.”