Under Pressure

Did you know that as outdoor temperatures fall, tire pressure goes down? Low tire pressure can decrease your car’s fuel efficiency, wear down the tire tread unevenly, and make your car harder to handle on the road. In the bigger picture, if 40% of 5 million cars on the road don’t have properly inflated tires, they can spew out up to 306,000 extra tons of carbon dioxide per year. These emissions directly contribute to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

After service on Sunday January 9th, members of the Social Justice Team, invited everyone to “pull their cars around” and have their tires checked, and inflated or deflated to the recommended pressure.

While the drivers were waiting in line, they were encouraged to turn off their car’s engine. Ten seconds of idling can burn more fuel than turning off and restarting the engine. Additionally, for every ten minutes of idling, one pound of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.

After the vehicles were “serviced”, the drivers were sent on their way with a big “thank you” for helping sustain the environment in this small way.