Driving on underinflated tires can be very costly in the long run for both drivers and the environment. Here are some interesting facts brought to you by the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- In the USA alone, it is estimated that 2 billion gallons of fuel are wasted each year due to low tire pressure.
- Fuel consumption is increased when driving on underinflated tires. More fuel consumed = more emissions released into the atmosphere. The DOT estimates that 57.5 billion pounds of added carbon emissions are emitted into the atmosphere from driving on low tire pressure each year, in the United States alone.
- 43% of all tires in operation are driven on at least 10% below recommended values. That equals a tread wear rate increase of 16%.
- 7% of all commercial tires are running at least 20 psi below recommended pressures. Out of the 290 million tires disposed of each year, nearly 100 million tires are worn and dumped prematurely.
What can be done to improve fuel economy, lower tread wear rate, and reduce our carbon footprint? Check your tire pressure each least once a month and before going on long road trips. Make sure that your pressure levels are at recommended values and heed the TPMS warning symbol! If your light has turned on, limit your driving as much as possible until you can add air into your tires.
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