Sometimes It Is Simple

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    I was thinking yesterday how sometimes a simple little change in how we do something can create a dollar savings to our wallets or make a positive contribution to living more sustainably.  Then today I saw the below press release that is an old recommendation but covers both the $ savings and sustainability angles.  The company sending the press release is in the business of selling air system so it is somewhat self serving, but still an easy thing to do.  I check all our tires at least once a month.  Supposedly most people never do it unless they see a tire that is obviously low.  Others only get tires checked at an oil change, if the oil change business includes it as part of the service.

Anyway, Here is part of the press release along with a link to the full document and a poster showing our two presidential candidates agreeing on the topic.

Under-inflated tires cost American drivers as much as $4.8 billion each year.
AIR-serv announces consumer education via 65,000 locations with 'Airman.'

    MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- What's the one thing
that John McCain and Barack Obama agree on?

    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081003/AQF044)

    If American drivers "air up" when they fill up, they could reduce the
amount of gasoline they use. That savings could amount to 1.2 billion
gallons each year, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Read the rest of the article as a PDF here.

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1 Bob

I am assuming with under inflated tires you have more drag therefore it requires more energy to move the car?, another thing, under inflated tires wear out faster, more waste, also the lack of control on wet surfaces, more accidents, more waste.

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2 Will

Yes the idea is under-inflation creates more surface area and drag, hence less efficiency. But I wonder about the control on wet surfaces. It seems like tires with more pressure would have less control on wet surfaces?

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3 Anna

…and I have those crazy mulfunctional sensors on my tires telling me that they are always low, lol, the cowboys in the dealership must get their act together and get my car under the microscope, lol. Kidding aside, I always check my tires, not just for energy saver, but safety, I don’t think I would like to get a flat tire on the highway or in the middle of freezing winter. Anna 🙂 Oh boy, Bob is getting closer, lol, Will may be you should keep it in alphabetical order, that way Bob will never get ahead of me unless it is listed by blog names, lol, just kidding.

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4 Civil Site Design

I’m going to check my tires and change the filters in the house.

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