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Thursday, August 16, 2007
New Campaign Urges Drivers To Check Tire Pressure and Wear During Hot Weather
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a public service message urging drivers to check tire pressure and tread-wear more frequently, especially during the hot summer months.
The nation's top highway safety official, Nicole Nason, Administrator of The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, warned motorists that hot weather and under-inflated tires are an unsafe combination.
"Checking tires is particularly critical during the summer when roads are hot and families are putting a lot of miles on their cars with their vacation plans," Administrator Nason said. "Overloaded vehicles, under-inflated tires, and hot weather can all combine to possibly turn a family vacation into a horrific nightmare."
According to recent NHTSA research, hot weather can also impact the tire wearing process, particularly in warm climate states.
Nason is hoping that a new television ad will encourage more motorists to check their tires for proper air pressure and monitor tread wear on a regular basis. The ad can be viewed at: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/multimedia/TV/HotTires.wmv.
"Properly maintained tires improve the steering, stopping, traction and fuel economy of your vehicle," Nason said. "Under-inflated tires or worn-down treads is a major cause of failure."
Few people take the time to check the condition of their tires, or whether the tire is properly inflated, said Nason. A 2007 tire industry survey revealed that 85 percent of drivers do not properly check tire pressure. NHTSA estimates that accidents associated with tire problems claim roughly 660 lives each year and injure 33,000 people.
For proper care of your tires and to learn how to check air pressure and treads please click on: www.safercar.gov.
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