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Consumer awareness of the effects of under-inflated vehicular tires on global warming in southern California
by Adabzadeh, Ali, M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2009, 86; 1528239
Abstract (Summary)

The primary and immediate objective of this educational intervention study is to raise consumer awareness of the impact of under-inflated tires on global warming. The short-term result of this would be the widespread maintenance of proper tire air pressure, the use of low-rolling resistance tires, and the inflation of tires with nitrogen instead of air, which could assist in the reduction of fuel use and resultant CO2 emissions. Such a reduction could have a significant short-term result of benefitting consumers economically and the world environmentally.

Utilizing a quasi-experimental design, a pamphlet and pre- and post-survey questionnaires were employed to collect data from a convenience sample of consumers (N=126). An educational pamphlet was prepared to increase consumer awareness about the importance of how properly inflated tires can be a factor in driver safety, fuel conservation, and the prevention of unnecessary increases in greenhouse gas emissions, which are among the major factors affecting global warming.

Data from the pre-intervention survey provides strong evidence that participants possess insufficient knowledge of general tire care, maintenance, performance and the impact of under-inflated tires on the environment in general and global warming in particular. Statistical analysis demonstrated significant change from pre- to postintervention surveys in the participants’ attitudes and knowledge regarding the maintenance of tire pressure and the impact of under-inflated tires on greenhouse gases and global warming.

The improvement in overall knowledge and attitudes demonstrated in the analysis between pre- and post-survey data indicates greater recognition by the participants that appropriate car care and tire maintenance are essential, and that for consumers, the acquisition and application of this knowledge can be powerful in improving the economy and environment. Suggestions for further study include development of consistent monitoring and data collection processes for use by facilities responsible for automobile care and the development of a broad-based, media-driven consumer education programs on the importance of the studied variables.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tang, Le
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Department: Engineering and Technology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental education, Environmental Health, Automotive engineering
Keywords: Car maintenance, Carbon dioxide emissions, Consumer awareness, Global warming, Greenhouse gases, Under-inflated tires
Publication Number: 1528239
ISBN: 978-1-321-18524-9
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