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Tire Maintenance Plays
a Role in Air Quality and Affects the Environment
Greenville, SC— According to the U.S. Department
of Energy, if all tires in the United States were properly inflated, it
would save four million gallons of gasoline every day. In fact, significantly
under-inflated tires can reduce gas mileage by one mile per gallon. Under
inflation also reduces tire life and can affect vehicle performance and
"We'd like to remind drivers that proper tire inflation can improve
the environment and driving safety," said Ron Musgnug, North American
project leader for Challenge Bibendum™.
"We are encouraging all drivers to check the air pressure in their
tires. This simple step can have a significant positive impact on our
air quality today — regardless of the type of vehicle a consumer
is currently driving."
Properly maintained and inflated tires help the environment
because they are more fuel efficient, which saves gas and lowers vehicle
emissions. Gasoline emissions contribute to air pollution and global warming.
Maximizing fuel economy can reduce the amount of particulates in the air
while saving money on gasoline.
Safe driving and better environmental performance often go hand-in-hand.
The progress being made to develop more environmentally positive vehicles
will be measured and reported during the fifth Challenge Bibendum competition
September 23-25, 2003 in Sonoma and San Francisco, California. Organized
by Michelin, Challenge Bibendum is expected to attract nearly 100 vehicles
from manufacturers around the world.