Scorecard :Billions of Gallons of Gasoline Wasted Every Year in U.S.
● According to DOT, there were 243,023,485 registered vehicles in U.S. in 2004
● According to DOT, 136,430, 651 were registered cars
● According to DOT, 91,845,327 were registered SUVs/pickups
● According to NHTSA, 27 percent of cars in U.S. have underinflated tires, meaning there are approximately 37 million cars with underinflated tires
● According to NHTSA, 32 percent of pickups, SUVs and vans have underinflated tires, meaning there are approximately 29 million trucks with underinflated tires
● According to the AAA Gas Watchers Guide, there could be up to a 10 percent loss of gasoline from vehicles with tires underinflated from 7-10 psi.
● According to the AAA Gas Watchers Guide, the national mph average is 24.4 mpg and the national average of miles driven is 10,400 miles.
● Based on those numbers, the average vehicle will burn an extra 44 gallons per year.
● 37 million cars x 44 gallons lost comes to approximately 1.6 billion gallons of gas
● 29 million trucks x 44 gallons lost comes to approximately 1.2 billion gallons of gas
● 2.8 billion: the total of gallons of gas lost due to underinflated tires
● 2.8 billion x $3.44 (national average of a gallon of gas, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report) comes to a staggering $9.6 billion in money lost by consumers for having underinflated tires
● 2.8 billion gallons of gas is equivalent to 25 super tankers, which hold 110 million gallons of gas.