Rubber expert witnesses may opine on rubber consumer products, tires, and rubber piping. Experts at the Rubber Manufacturers Association released a study in June that shows millions of drivers around the country are failing to properly maintain their tires and are putting themselves at risk while wasting gas and money. The nationwide survey found that fifty-five percent of vehicles had at least one under inflated tire and only one in six vehicles had four properly inflated tires. RMA is the national trade association for tire makers who manufacture in the U.S. The group worked with several tire retailers to collect actual tire pressure measurements from more than 6,300 vehicles in more than 30 cities.
Proper Tire Inflation Saves Gas Properly inflated tires can improve fuel efficiency by 3.3 percent and save nine cents per gallon at the pump, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Approximately 1.2 billion gallons of fuel are wasted each year by U.S. motorists driving on under inflated tires.
Under Inflated Tires Pose Safety Risk Under inflated tires also pose a safety risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year.
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