Car travel to increase in wake of pandemic
Cambridge, ON, June 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Canadian drivers are expected to hit the road in droves once COVID-related travel restrictions are lifted, according to a new Leger poll for the Canadian Tire and Tire Association. rubber (TRAC).
The survey found that 61 percent of drivers plan a summer road trip or a car trip to a vacation destination. Among young drivers aged 18 to 34 and 35 to 44, this number jumps to 70% and 72% respectively.
Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has had a major impact on summer driving intentions:
- 60% of drivers say the restrictions imposed by the pandemic had a big influence on their decision to take a vacation involving driving this summer.
- 44% of those who don’t plan a road trip cite COVID fears as the reason, while 24% say their summer vacation plans don’t involve driving and 17% say they can’t get by. allow vacations due to financial hardship related to the pandemic.
The results also suggest that a significant number of motorists neglected their tires during the pandemic. Almost two in ten drivers (18%) say their tire pressure has not been checked at all in the past year. This percentage rises to 25% for drivers aged 18 to 34 and to 27% for those aged 35 to 44.
Yet despite these deficiencies in tire maintenance, 95% of drivers agree that proper tire inflation is essential to vehicle safety. There is also a strong awareness that correct tire pressure saves fuel (91%) and protects the environment by reducing emissions (71%).
TRAC research reveals a clear disconnect between understanding the importance of proper tire inflation and how to ensure the pressures are correct. A 2019 tire maintenance study found:
- Only 21 percent of drivers check their tire pressure every month, the frequency of measurements recommended by tire manufacturers.
- 63 percent don’t know that tire pressures should only be measured when tires are cold. (A vehicle should be stationary for at least three hours or not have driven more than two kilometers before checking tire inflation. Measuring pressure when the tires are hot gives an inaccurate reading.)
- 34 percent refer to the air pressure stamped on the sidewall of the tire when identifying the correct pressure for their tires. (The printed sidewall pressure is the maximum pressure a tire can hold under maximum load, not the recommended inflation level. Prolonged riding at this inflation pressure can result in uneven tread wear and traction. The correct inflation pressure for your tires is marked on the vehicle placard, which is usually located on the driver’s door pillar. If the placard is not there, consult the owner’s manual for its location.)
- 11 percent rely on visual inspections to determine if their tires are inflated correctly. (A tire may be 20% or more underinflated and appear normal.)
“Tire maintenance is one of the easiest and fastest auto maintenance tasks that drivers can perform to keep their vehicles and their families safe on the road,” said Carol Hochu, President by TRAC. Simple monthly tire and tread pressure checks, as well as a visual inspection of tires for damage such as cracks and bulges can give drivers peace of mind knowing their tires are in good working order. Properly maintained tires provide drivers with maximum benefits in terms of safety, fuel economy and longevity. We are all looking forward to this summer road trip, so let’s enjoy it safely. “
Canadians can learn more about maximizing the value and performance of their tires by visiting tracanada.ca.
A survey of 1,054 Canadian drivers was conducted between May 21 and 23, 2021, using Leger’s online panel. A probability sample of the same size would give a margin of error of +/- 3.0%, 19 times out of 20.
About the Canadian Tire and Rubber Association
The Canadian Tire and Rubber Association (TRAC) is the national trade association representing tire manufacturers, manufacturers and importers of rubber products, as well as rubber recyclers and suppliers of related goods and services. ‘industry. TRAC is committed to educating drivers about tire care and maintenance. One of the main advocacy goals during the winter months is to raise awareness of safe winter driving and the safety and performance benefits of winter tires.