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Check your tire pressure before you wreck yourself

Gazette staff June 8th, 2011

Although checking tire pressure is easy, a survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association reveals that 85 percent of motorists don’t know how to do it.

Not good, drivers! That’s because underinflated tires pose a genuine safety risk. Without enough air, heat is generated that causes damage and failure to the tire. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, properly inflated tires can improve fuel economy by 3.3 percent, saving drivers up to 12 cents per gallon of gas.

“Too many drivers fail to do one simple task every month that will reduce their safety risk and help our nation conserve valuable natural resources,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Checking tire pressure takes just five minutes, and it’s worth every second.”

Check this space next week for more tire tips. —Gazette staff

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