The corrected version follows:
Obama stated that, “If we just inflated our tires and got a tune-up we could save more oil than we will get from drilling!”
There is no argument that proper tire inflation will improve mileage (mpg) and more importantly, proper inflation will greatly reduce tire failures. Over inflation is also dangerous. Over inflation can significantly increase tire failure and can cause loss of control.
If we assume that 100% of the 21 million barrels of oil that we consume each day were used to fuel our cars, and we also assume that every car would decrease fuel consumption by 3%, we could save 690,000 barrels/day.
21,000,000 x .03 = 690,00
In the real world, about 35% of the oil is consumed as gasoline. We will assume that all of that is used by cars. That’s brings us to 7,850,000per day consumed by automobiles.
Still assuming that 100% of all cars will improve mpg by 3% we would save 220,500 barrels per day.
7,850.,000 x .03 = 220,500
Studies tell us that roughly 30% of cars are operating with under inflated tires. This will bring the maximum real savings to 66,150 barrels per day.
That represents a savings of just 0.32%
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