Proper Tire Inflation: Students Will Teach You Why it Matters

Reader Contribution by Madeline Hyden

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 1.2 billion gallons of gas are wasted annually due to under-inflated tires. By keeping tires properly inflated, drivers can improve their gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.

 This Earth Day students at Loudoun Valley High School in Percellville, Va., have launched the enGAUGE It campaign to encourage motorists to regularly check their tires and keep them properly inflated. The students will hand out thousands of free tire gauges at various locations around the community and will provide demonstrations on checking tire inflation to community members, including local elected officials.

The Newton Marasco Foundation, an organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards, is sponsoring the enGAUGE It campaign by providing the students with the tire gauges. The Foundation has also created a website for enGAUGE It that offers tips for checking tire pressure, a gas savings calculator and a tool kit for starting an enGAUGE It campaign in your area.

To learn more about checking your tire pressure and why digital gauges are best, read Check Your Tire Pressure and Improve Your Gas Mileage and Under Pressure: Better Tire Gauges Mean Better Fuel Economy.

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