With fuel prices causing many Iowans to make changes in their driving and spending habits, one organization is reminding people to look to an often-overlooked area for beating the gas pump blues. Dan Zolinski, spokesman for the Rubber Manufacturers Association, says proper tire inflation will allow your tires to last longer and will help with miles-per-gallon.
Zolinski says, "Properly inflated tires will improve efficiency by about three-point-three percent, saving you about nine cents a gallon at today’s prices." Besides saving you money, he says proper tire inflation is paramount to the safety of drivers and passengers. With scorching temperatures expected this summer, Zolinski says that could lead to unnecessary blowouts and cause a crash.
He says tire pressure keeps tires running safe and cool. When it’s underinflated, problems can develop with the additional friction as more rubber is on the road which, over time, could lead to tire failure. Zolinski says motorists should be checking their tire pressure once a month and before any long trips. He says it’s easy to find the proper inflation level for your tires, though many think it’s found on the tire itself. Zolinski says on the contrary, the proper inflation level is found inside the car, usually on a sticker or in the owner’s manual.
He says people also need to keep an eye on the tread to maintain proper safety. Put a penny upside-down into a groove in the tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s likely time to replace the tire. For more information, visit " www.betiresmart.org ".