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RMA observes National Tire Safety Week

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is making tire education a top priority during National Tire Safety Week, which runs through May 1.

RMA activities include:

* publicizing the latest data "on the lack of tire care knowledge among United States drivers," according to association officials;

* conducting free tire care clinics across the country;

In addition, more than 8,400 tire dealers, auto retailers and safety groups are distributing tire maintenance brochures, conducting free tire care clinics and are incorporating tire safety tips into advertising and marketing materials this week.

According to the RMA, the four essential elements of tire care and maintenance include:

1. checking tire inflation pressure at least once a month and prior to long trips;

2. periodic wheel alignment;

3. tire rotation every 6,000 to 8,000 miles;

4. regularly checking tire tread depth.

National Tire Safety Week was founded in 2002 as part of the RMA's "Be Tire Smart, Play Your PART" program.

April also has been deemed "Car Care Month."

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