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California lawmakers seek to mandate proper tire inflation

California lawmakers want to mandate proper tire inflation on the state's 30 million passenger cars.

California lawmakers want to mandate proper tire inflation on the state's 30 million passenger cars.

It’s a well-known fact that properly inflating your tires is not only boosts your gas mileage by as much as 3 percent, but also  extends the lifespan of your tires. Now, lawmakers in California are seeking to mandate proper tire inflation as a way to reduce fuel consumption in the state. Under new regulations, mechanics would be required to check the tire pressure on every vehicle brought in for maintenance, oil changes, and smog tests.

State regulators believe that more than 50% of the state’s 30 million cars have severely or moderately underinflated tires. In addition to wasting tremendous amounts of fuel, poorly inflated also pose a safety hazard to all motorists on the road. More than 40,000 auto shops have already expressed support for the plan, though future technology eventually may make constant air re-fills obsolete.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama suggested that paying attention to tire inflation as part of a long-term energy plan. His idea was unfortunately mocked by the McCain campaign team, but  John McCain was eventually forced to admit that Obama was right.

If lawmakers get their way, Californias will conserve 75 million gallons and 700,000 tires per year.

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