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Do Consumers Really Know Anything About Tires or Tire Maintenance?

In spite of industry efforts to educate consumers about tires and tire maintenance, most motorists apparently remain blissfully ignorant about their tires. Here is a summary of consumer tire care surveys conducted by the RMA (Rubber Mfrs. Assn.) since 2006:

• Consumers that properly check inflation pressure: 2006 - 19%; 2007 - N/A; 2008 - 14%; 2009 - N/A; 2010 - N/A; 2011 - 15%; 2012 - 15%.

Note Motorists should check their tires at least one a month, and before taking long road trips.




• Consumers that know when to check inflation pressure: 2006 - 28%; 2007 - 26%; 2008 - 26%; 2009 - N/A; 2010 - N/A; 2011 - 43%; 2012 - 43%.

Note: The correct way to check tire pressure is to check it when the tires are COLD before the vehicle is driven. Driving heats up the tires and increases the pressure inside, which would then give a higher than normal reading if the pressure is checked when the tires are warm.


• Consumers that said inflation level information was on the sidewall: 2006 - 53%; 2007 - 45%; 2008 - 46%; 2009 - N/A; 2010 - N/A; 2011 - 53%; 2012 - N/A.

Note: The tire sidewall shows the MAXIMUM inflation pressure the tire is rated to withstand. This is NOT the same as the recommended inflation pressure which can be usually found on a decal in the door pillar or glove box.


tire sidewall information

• Consumers that don’t check inflation of spare tire: 2006 - 73%; 2007 - N/A; 2008 - N/A; 2009 - N/A; 2010 - N/A; 2011 - 70%; 2012 - N/A.

Note: Don’t ignore the spare tire. You never know when you may need it!


• Consumers that understand when a tire is "bald" 2006 - N/A; 2007 - N/A; 2008 - 33%; 2009 - N/A; 2010 - N/A; 2011 - 52%; 2012 - N/A.

Note: A tire is considered worn out and needs to be replaced when the tread is worn down flush to the wear bar indicators, or there is less than 2/32 (1/16) inch. For more information on this subject, see Tire Wear.

checking tire depth with a tire gauge


• Drivers with four properly inflated tires: 2006 - N/A; 2007 - N/A; 2008 - N/A; 2009 - 9%; 2010 - 17%; 2011 - N/A; 2012 - 17%.

Note: All four tires should be inflated to the same recommended pressure (typically around 32 to 34 PSI for most passenger car tires).


• Drivers with at least one tire underinflated: 2006 - N/A; 2007 - N/A; 2008 - N/A; 2009 - 50%; 2010 - 55%; 2011 - N/A; 2012 - 55%.

Note: A tire that is underinflated more than 25 percent should illuminate the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitor System) warning light if the vehicle is 2006 or newer, or has a TPMS warning system.




• Drivers with at least one tire underinflated by at least 8 psi: 2006 - N/A; 2007 - N/A; 2008 - N/A; 2009 - 19%; 2010 - 15%; 2011 - N/A/; 2012 - 15%.

Note: This is the threshold where underinflation can become dangerous. A low tire can run hot, especially during hot weather and at highway speeds. This increases the risk of a sudden tire blowout and tire failure.


• Drivers with at least one tire underinflated by at least 6 psi: 2006 - N/A; 2007 - N/A; 2008 - N/A; 2009 - N/A; 2010 - 20%; 2011 - N/A; 2012 - N/A.

Note: 6 PSI underinflated isn’t as bad, but is still too much for safe driving, proper handling and good tire life.

Underinflation also increases rolling resistance, which reduces tread life and fuel economy.


• Drivers with at least one tire underinflated by at least 4 psi: 2006 - N/A; 2007 - N/A; 2008 - N/A; 2009 - N/A; 2010 - 31%; 2011 - N/A; 2012 - N/A.

Note: You are NOT going to get maximum fuel economy and tread life with underinflated tires.



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