WASHINGTON (April 21, 2008) — Keeping tires properly inflated is like saving 10 cents on a gallon of gasoline, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) said at a press conference discussing the latest increases in fuel prices.
Proper tire inflation was fourth on a list of 10 ways motorists can save fuel and cut gasoline costs, including proper wheel alignment, changing air filters and keeping engines tuned up.
The CFA surveys U.S. consumers quarterly on issues concerning fuel prices—the percentage of respondents who have “great concern” about fuel prices rose from 46 percent in October 2006 to 73 percent in April, the federation said.
However, according to the CFA, the fuel cost relief that would help consumers the most—more fuel-efficient cars—is the least in evidence. “Without a strong public policy requiring auto makers to continue to increase the fuel economy of their fleets, consumers can do little to moderate their gasoline consumption, even as the price skyrockets,” said Mark Cooper, CFA research director.