Polling day – time to reflect on Obama’s famous election speech on tyres

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Election day is here and as we jump in our cars and head for the polling stations it’s worth remembering what another successful political candidate had to say about our tyres and the enviroment.

Two years ago, US presidential hopeful Barack Obama made his famous energy speech in Missouri urging drivers to make sure their tyres were properly inflated in order to conserve gas.

His argument was that if the countries vehicles had properly inflated tyres demand for gas would immediately be reduced by several percentage points, whereas offshore drilling would only meet one percent of America’s demand for the next two decades.

Obama dished out the advice to voters at a rally in Missouri, telling them: “It’s a “simple thing, but we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling, if everybody was just inflating their tyres and getting regular tune-ups. You could actually save just as much.”

At the time the Republican National Committee and rival Presidential candidate John McCain’s campaign handed out pressure gauges labeled “Obama Energy Plan.”

The debate eventually died after several days when McCain acknowledged that he also thought tyre maintenance was a good idea.

The US Department of Energy estimated at the time that proper tyre inflation can boost gas mileage by about 3.3 percent. It recommends the step along with regular tuneups, replacing dirty air filters and removing unneeded items from the boot.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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