Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, when 36.6 million people
are expected to hit the road, comes National Tire Safety Week
. Itís an annual reminder for drivers to make sure theyíre driving on tires with the proper tread and inflation. A recent study
found that four in ten teenagers are not. But itís not just teens with unsafe tire habits. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
, only 19 percent of consumers regularly check and inflate their tires. Thatís a pretty alarming statistic.
Tire Safety Issues
Tire safety is a dangerous issue. According to the NHTSA, in 2016, 733 people died in tire-related crashes. Underinflation is a huge problem, as noted frequently by Car Pro Show Host Jerry Reynolds. Itís a topic
he talks about often on the show. One in four cars has at least one under-inflated tire according to the NHTSA and itís a safety hazard not just for you but everyone who shares the road with you. A tire that is 25 percent below its recommended pressure is almost three times more likely to be involved in a tire-related crash than a properly inflated tire.