Would you like to get better gas mileage? Studies show that nitrogen tire inflation has many advantages over oxygen tire inflation. Noted improvements with using nitrogen include: better gas mileage, longer tire life due to better tire pressure retention, better vehicle handling and improved fuel economy, and cooler running tire temperatures. It is also said that using nitrogen in your tires is better for our environment. Every little change each of us makes could make a big difference on our environment in the years to come. Read more about the benefits and facts of nitrogen versus oxygen, including how Americans could save up to 3.7 billion gallons of fuel per year at the official Get Nitrogen Institute Web Site.
On the flip side, there is obviously still some debate regarding the use of nitrogen in tires. It is human nature to resist change. Just because compressed air has always worked, do you feel like that is the best option, or has it just been the only option? The jury is still out on nitrogen versus compressed air, but in the meantime, with our economy suffering, we are all trying to figure out how we can best save money. Every little bit helps, right? Let me address a few of the benefits and give you the facts about those benefits, then you can make your own decision.
Benefit 1: “Proper inflation leads to longer life of the tire due to cooler tire temperatures.”
Fact: By maintaining a consistent, proper tire inflation, you create less heat, leading to longer tire life. If your tire does not get as hot while driving on the pavement, the rubber on our tires last longer.
Benefit 2: “Better handling and safer driving.”
Fact: Keeping your tires at a consistent tire pressure will allow for safer driving due to better handling of your vehicle. Unfortunately, many accidents are due to underinflated tires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that up to 80 deaths and 10,000 injuries could be prevented each year if all vehicles were equipped with tire-pressure sensors.
Benefit 3: “Better for our environment.”
Tires with longer life due to cooler tire temperatures means we are having to dispose of less tires per year, which in turn is better for our environment.
To find out where to recycle tires near you, or other environment-saving tips, visit the official Earth 911 website.
After having shared that information with you, let me say that I put nitrogen versus oxygen to the test. I took my wife’s car in for the 75,000 mile tune-up, and I asked that they fill her tires with nitrogen. It was $20 to fill all four tires. We recently took a road trip in her Honda Accord, and instead of the usual 336 miles we were getting with a full tank of gas, we got 380 miles. We have not ever gotten this many miles from one tank in the past, so I have to think that the nitrogen in the tires (in addition to the tune-up of course) played a part in our getting better gas mileage. Her tire pressure has not fluctuated. The psi has consistently stayed the same. The facts that I researched have thus far proved to be true for us.
I hope this blog has been helpful. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you should understand your rights. You have a certain amount of time, depending on what type of accident/injury it is, to act on those rights. Call me today at 501.374.4440 at Pfeifer Law Firm, P.A. and I will personally explain your rights and answer any questions you may have.