Key Tire Care Facts
Only 17 percent of drivers are “tire smart” or know how to properly check tire pressure.
To properly check tire inflation pressure:
Check tire inflation pressure at least once a month
Use the correct inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, not the pressure listed on the tire sidewall
Check tires when they are cold or haven’t been driven for at least three hours
Only 50 percent of drivers know where to find the correct inflation pressure for their vehicle: a label on a vehicle’s driver side door or owner’s manual. 50% of drivers wrongly believe that the correct pressure is listed on the tire sidewall.
1 out of 3 drivers don’t know that tires should be checked “cold” – before driving. Don’t check tires after driving. As tires roll, they warm up, which causes the pressure to increase and could give a false tire pressure reading.
35 percent of drivers do not know how to tell if their tires are bald.
Stick an upside down penny into tire tread. If you see all of Lincoln’s head, the tire is bald and needs to be replaced.
All tires have “wear bars” at 2/32nds tread depth. When tread is worn down to that point, tires need to be replaced.
4 in 10 drivers believe they can determine if a tire is under inflated just by looking.
Tires can be 50% under inflated and not appear flat.
Nearly 6 out of 10 drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire.
3 out of 10 drivers say they are less concerned about gas mileage performance since gas prices have dropped.
1 out of 2 drivers ages 18-29 say they are less concerned about gas mileage performance since gas prices have dropped.
The RMA sponsored survey, conducted by FrederickPolls, involved 1,000 drivers nationwide in April 2015 and has a margin of error of 3 percent.