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  • Pima County launches tire inflation education program

    Feb 24, 2014 | Read More News
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    Did you know that keeping your vehicle’s tires at the right pressure will improve your gas mileage, save you money in fuel and tires, increase your safety, and reduce air pollution? It’s true!

    And by tracking your gas mileage and checking your tire pressure monthly, you can prove it to yourself and save up to $400 a year on fuel costs alone.none

    The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Air Program wants to reward those who check their tires regularly with a chance to win $500 towards a new set of tires, an auto service package worth $125, or a $100 Visa gift card. The “Pump Up Your MPG” Challenge runs through May 2014.

    “Properly inflated tires have so many safety, economic, and environmental benefits that we want people to get into the habit of monthly air pressure checks,” said Beth Gorman, the department's senior program manager. “Even newer cars that have tire pressure monitoring systems need monthly tire checks because the warning often comes after tires are as much as 25 percent under-inflated.” 

    Visual checks are not enough. A tire can be under-inflated by 30 percent before it looks low to the eye.

    To take the challenge, simply complete the “Pump Up Your MPG” entry form after tracking gas mileage and tire pressure checks for at least one month. With each additional month an entry form is submitted to the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Air Program, the participant has an additional chance to win one of the prizes.

    All entry forms must be submitted by May 31, 2014.

    Special thanks to Jack Furrier’s Tire and Auto Care, Pima Association of Government’s Clean Cities Program, and the City of Tucson Office of Conservation and Sustainable Development for program support.

    For more information, visit our contest page or call (520) 724-7446.