article In a time when Americans are losing more than 10 percent of their life savings a month because of a sluggish economy, the flat tire problem is one of the biggest problems Americans face.
According to a recent survey by Consumer Reports, half of Americans are now using a car with a flat tire, and according to the Consumer Federation of America, in the first quarter of this year alone more than 5 million cars and trucks were reported to have been flat.
The problem is getting worse.
According the AAA, the number of flat tires nationwide increased from 5,091,000 in 2014 to 5,941,000 last year.
While flat tires are still relatively rare, they are becoming more prevalent, particularly in urban areas.
In cities like New York and San Francisco, a flat can be the result of a combination of poor maintenance and poor driving habits, according to Consumer Reports.
According a study released earlier this year by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, almost 80 percent of drivers who experience a flat have an accident with the vehicle.
“The number of crashes caused by a flat is on the rise, and a significant number of these are caused by poor driving,” AAA spokesman John Stowe told ABC News.
“A flat tire is a real risk.”
While the problem of flat tire in cars has been known for years, the problem has only recently begun to become more prevalent.
While cars have had to be modified to accommodate flat tires for years in some parts of the country, the change has come at a cost.
According an analysis by The Associated Press, more than $20 billion was spent on vehicle modifications in 2015 alone.
A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released last month estimated that in 2015, vehicles costing between $2,000 and $10,000 had a combined $9.3 billion in repairs that had a major impact on the cost of repairs.
The agency estimated that about 90 percent of the total cost of the repairs had to do with flat tires, which were a significant part of the cost.
In many cities, cars have also been modified to make them safer for drivers.
The city of Cleveland installed a sign that says “flat tires not allowed” at intersections, while in New York City a traffic signal has been modified so drivers cannot get behind a car unless they are in the center lane.
But the most common reason for a flat, according the AAA report, is when a car is going 100 miles per hour over the speed limit.
That can be particularly dangerous in cities with traffic signals that are at high speeds, such as Los Angeles.
According The AP, more cities are moving toward the use of automated systems to automatically detect when a vehicle has a flat.
But as people continue to lose money on car insurance, the insurance companies are finding that the best way to protect them is to give them more options for paying off their bills.
Insurance companies, for instance, have begun offering discounted rates for car payments, while also allowing customers to pay off their car loans or car loans by the day, rather than the week.