With gas prices as high as they are, most people are searching for any way to save a few bucks at the pump. The popularity of subcompacts, electric vehicles and hybrids is an indicator that consumers are taking fuel economy seriously, but according to AAA there is an easier and cheaper way to increase MPGs. By simply inflating your tires to the correct pressure, drivers can improve their mileage by up to three percent. That may not sound like much, but over a year, the savings can add up.
Not only that, but maintaining the correct tire pressure is a good safety measure as well. This edition of Crowdfunding Combat features two devices that help you keep track of your vehicle's tire pressure in two distinctly different ways. One utilizes your smartphone, while the other needs nothing but your tire. Using either correctly could save you money.
Measure It Tire Pressure
According to the Measure It Tire Pressure Kickstarter page, 9 out of 10 people don't know how to read a tire gauge correctly. While that claim sounds a bit high to us, we won't knock creator Joseph Geringer for trying to come up with a better way to read tire pressure.
The Measure It Tire Pressure is a plastic accessory that attaches to your smartphone. When used with Measure It app, the device will tell you your current tire pressure, and the recommended pressure for your vehicle. The readout, however, isn't digital. When measuring the pressure, a piece of plastic moves across the screen of your device, providing a physical reading.
"In talking to many people and asking them if they know what their manufacturer's recommended tire pressure is for their vehicle a common answer I would get 'of course its on the sidewall of the tires right [ sic]'," says the Measure It Kickstarter page. "This is a general tire pressure from the tire manufacturer with no consideration for your particular vehicles design and weight distribution."
As of the time of this post, the Measure It Tire Pressure Kickstarter has raised $3,890 toward its $20,000 goal with 25 days of funding to go. You can get your hands on a Measure It Tire Pressure with a pledge of $25 on the project's Kickstarter page.
For those of us who don't like the idea of carrying around smartphone attachments to read our tire pressure, the RightPSI may be the right (no pun intended) choice for you.
RightPSI is such a simple, yet effective idea that it's almost puzzling that it hasn't been thought of sooner. RightPSI is a pressure indicator that screws onto your tire valve and changes colors depending on the air pressure in the tire. The cap turns orange when your pressure is low, black when it is correct, and yellow if the pressure is too high.
When it is time to go fill up your tires, you don't have to remove the RightPSI, just remove the cap and you can use it as a gauge so you know when the tire is full.
A $40 pledge to the RightPSI Kickstarter will get you a full set of four Tire Pressure Indicators. The RightPSI also comes in packs of two for $25, which the company says are "ideal for bikes or if your car has different psi ratings for front and rear tires."
If those prices seem too steep, you can order the RightPSI from their website for $24.95 and $14.95, respectively.
Those who opt to fund this project have a choice between eight different PSI levels for their RightPSI: 24, 26, 28, 30, 33, 35, 40, 50, though according to the RightPSI website, "additional PSI levels [are] available for Custom Orders."
At the time of this post, RightPSI has raised $4,532 toward its $30,000 goal with 28 days of funding to go.
Which new age tire gauge do you like best? Let us know in the poll below!
Ed. Crowdfunding Combat is a recurring series on the TRANSLOGIC blog that profiles two active campaigns on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and asks readers to vote on the idea they like best. The TRANSLOGIC blog staff does not endorse or contribute to the campaigns featured within the Crowdfunding Combat posts. Reader votes will have no direct bearing on the outcome of the featured campaigns.