RMA: 70% of Vehicles Have Underinflated Tires

RMA: 70% of Vehicles Riding on Underinflated Tires

Nearly 7 out of 10 vehicles are riding on underinflated tires according to recent findings by the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The association surveyed approximately 3,300 vehicles at tire retail locations in 26 U.S. cities between November 2013 and February 2014. The survey also found that nearly one in five vehicles have at least one significantly under inflated tire.checkpressure

The survey was released to coincide with RMA-sponsored National Tire Safety Week, which begins today.  The week is an opportunity for the tire industry to focus its collective efforts to educate motorists about the importance of proper tire care, said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president of public affairs.

“Too many motorists continue to ignore the only equipment on their vehicles that touch the road,” Zielinski said. “It takes just five minutes to check and properly inflate tires to optimize vehicle fuel economy and reduce the risk of tire problems.”

2014 RMA Tire Pressure Survey key findings:

•    9% of vehicles had four properly inflated tires
•    69% of vehicles had at least one underinflated tire
•    18% of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 8 psi
•    5 out of 6 motorists do not properly check tire pressure
•    2 out of 3 motorists do not check the spare tire
•    Half of all motorists do not know how tell if a tire is bald

RMA urges motorists to check inflation pressure at least once a month in addition to checking it before long trips. The association also reminds drivers to always check the spare tire.

To properly check inflation pressure, the RMA says that an individual must use a tire gauge and the tires should be checked before driving. Lastly, the association notes that the correct inflation pressure for the vehicle is found on a label on the driver’s door or owner’s manual, not on the tire sidewall.

You May Also Like

Federal Bill Introduced in Hopes to Stop California’s Gas-, Diesel-Powered Vehicle Ban

If approved, H.R 1435 would prevent the EPA from allowing California’s Zero Emissions Vehicle regulations that would ban motor vehicles with internal combustion engines from taking effect.


U.S. Rep. John Joyce (R-PA) has introduced a bill (H.R. 1435) to protect Americans’ right to choose the technology that powers their motor vehicles.

The “Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act” was introduced in response to California’s plans to ban the sale of new gas- and diesel-powered cars and trucks in 2035 unless certain conditions are met, Joyce's office says. If approved, H.R 1435 would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from allowing California’s Zero Emissions Vehicle regulations that would ban the sale or use of new motor vehicles with internal combustion engines from taking effect.

Autel Energy Showcases EV Charging Solutions, Electrified Bronco at CES

At CES, Autel Energy showcased its suite of EV charging solutions and an electrified 1969 Ford Bronco.

2019 Newsmakers: Bridgestone Americas

Nearly all products in the Firestone family of tires have been upgraded over the past three years, and Bridgestone is on track to have all of its consumer tire portfolio across both the Bridgestone and Firestone brands either upgraded or replaced by the end of 2020.

2019 Newsmakers: Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres opened its first U.S. manufacturing facility and launched numerous new products. See what’s in store for 2020.

2019 Newsmakers: Nexen Tire America

Nexen Tire opened its North American Technology Center and debuted the Roadian GTX. Find out what’s in store for 2020.


Other Posts

Trelleborg Wheel Systems Launches ‘My TWS Hub’

Trelleborg’s new full-feature B2B dealers’ portal launched March 13.

Nokian Tyres Holds Bracket-Style Pothole Challenge

Nokian Tyres invites drivers to vote in a competition for the worst roads in America.

Standard Motor Products Has Introduced 276 New Part Numbers This Year

New parts are for electric, hybrid, gasoline and diesel vehicles.

Blackhawk Tire Wins OK Tire’s Vendor of the Year Award

OK Tire presented Blackhawk with this award during its 70th anniversary celebration.