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How Will 90 Million Holiday Travelers Prepare Their Vehicle For The Road?


Tire Industry Survey Says Too Few Will Check Tire Pressure, Tread Depth

WASHINGTON -- Dec. 17, 2014: AAA predicts that nearly 90 million travelers will hit the road this holiday season but a tire industry survey found that nearly half won't bother to check tire pressure. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is urging holiday road travelers to pump up before hitting the road.

A survey sponsored by RMA found that the top vehicle maintenance tasks motorists will take prior to holiday road trips are:

Check tire pressure 54% Oil change 51% Check brakes 41% Check tire tread depth 25% Check coolant level 18% Check battery 17% Nothing 15% "We're encouraged that more than half of holiday road trippers are taking steps to be tire smart and check tire pressure," said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. "But all motorists should be checking tire pressure before every long trip. Fully loaded vehicles packed with people, luggage and holiday gifts that ride on under inflated tires present a safety issue."

The White House announced last week that Dec. 9-Jan. 9 is Tire Safety Month, an initiative supported by RMA, all of its tire manufacturer members and others. The initiative is designed to help educate motorists about the importance of tire maintenance to promote safety and better fuel economy.

"We're excited that tire maintenance has received attention from the highest level in the federal government," Zielinski said. "Too many motorists ignore even this simple, basic maintenance task that means so much to helping ensure vehicle safety for our families."

RMA recommends simple steps for motorists to Be Tire Smart when checking tire pressure:

Check tire pressure monthly and before long trips. Use the vehicle manufacturer's recommended tire pressure found on a label on the driver's door or owner's manual. Check tires when cold – before you drive. Driving causes tires to warm which increases inflation pressure temporarily. RMA also recommends that motorists inspect tire tread for damage and sufficient depth. Worn out tires are dangerous, especially in wet, wintry weather. A simple and inexpensive test can determine whether tires should be replaced.

Take a penny and turn it upside down so Lincoln's head points down. Insert penny into tread groove. If all of Lincoln's head is exposed, the tire must be replaced because it's been worn down to 2/32nds of an inch or less. Zielinski said, "Checking tire pressure and tread depth each month will take just a few minutes. These fast, easy tire care tips will help travelers get to their destination safely and enjoy the holidays with family and loved ones."