According to a recent study from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the presence of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) in the sample population resulted in a 55.6 percent reduction in the likelihood that the vehicle would have one or more severely under-inflated tires.

Thirteen years ago the U.S. Government passed the TREAD Act (via FMVSS-138), important legislation that mandates, among other things, TPMS to be installed on 100 percent of all passenger vehicles (under 10,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight) from September 2007 onward. More than a decade later, this advanced technology has made a significant impact, not only on safety, but also cost efficiencies in fuel economy and environmental/energy reductions as well.

As TPMS continues to gain momentum domestically and internationally, amongst governments and consumers alike, one thing is clear: TPMS technology is saving lives, cutting costs for drivers, and improving motorists overall carbon footprint.

Economic Impact: Each day, 3.56 million gallons of gas are wasted each day because of incorrectly inflated tires. According to, a joint Website of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in all four tires. Additionally, properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. The DOE asserts that motorists can improve gas mileage by approximately 3.3% by keeping tires inflated to the proper pressure. Schrader can share key statistics related to the cost savings in North America – and globally.

Fuel Economy and Environmental Efficiencies: Each year, nearly 2 billion gallons of fuel are wasted worldwide due to under inflated tires. With a national average gas price of $4.24 per gallon, that equates to almost 8.5 billion dollars a year. Properly inflated tires have a positive environmental impact by releasing less carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere through better gas mileage and fuel efficiency. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans drive an average of 12,000 miles a year. With an average of 20 pounds of CO2 emitted per gallon of gasoline consumed, the typical passenger car in the U.S. releases over five tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. Schrader can discuss how TPMS helps drivers to “Drive Green” with tips on maximizing efficiencies through proper tire inflation.

Source: Schrader International

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