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Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Every time a driver brakes, accelerates, or turns a corner, their car tires wear down a little. Most car owners replace their tires every five or so years because of this normal wear and tear -- but the environmental consequences are extreme.

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Smart idea.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-09-07 01:51 PM | Reply

Big Tire disagrees.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-09-07 08:41 PM | Reply

... the environmental consequences are extreme ...

Well, yeah.

Where does everyone think all the rubber from the wearing down of the tires' tread goes?

It does not disappear, magically, into the atmosphere.

Where does the rubber worn off tyres go? (2013)
www.thenakedscientists.com

...

Question
If tyres wear on roads and roads wear with traffic, where does all this stuff go?

Answer
Chris - But first, just a ball park estimate for you two, what weight of rubber do you think gets worn out on the road every year around the world?

Dave - It must be a kilo or two per car per year. So, in the UK, that's sort of 20 million kilos or about 20,000 tons or so off the top of my head.

Chris - Well, when this question came in, I was just playing with the numbers. So, I looked up how many cars do we think there are on the roads and in 2011, they announce they think, alongside the 7 billionth person, there were 1 billion cars on the world's roads. So, if you assume that each of those has got 4 wheels, so there are 4 billion tyres. So, how much tread is on a tyre? So I said, okay, if you imagine that a tyre is about 3 metres in circumference and let's make a really ball park estimate.

Let's pretend it's 10 centimetres wide, so pretty narrow, but some are going to be bigger, some are going to be smaller, all the numbers will come out in the wash. Let's assume the tread is a centimetre deep to make the maths easy. That means that the thickness of tread on your average tire must be 3,000 cubic centimetres because I'm multiplying 3 metres, 300 centimetres by 10. So that in other words, it's 3 litres of rubber on a tyre.

So, on all the cars in the world, that must be 4 billion tyres times 3 litres, that's 12 billion litres of rubber. If we assume that a rubber tyre wears out in a year, which in some cases, with a bit of hard driving it's going to, then you could be rubbing 12 million cubic metres of rubber onto the roads around the world every year, which is quite a lot, isn't it? So, then I looked up the density of rubber.

It's 1200 kilograms per meter cubed which means that there are 14.4 million tonnes of rubber being rubbed off on roads all the way around the world every year. That's extraordinary, isn't it?...


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-07 09:09 PM | Reply

2nu - This Is Ponderous
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:)

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-07 09:15 PM | Reply

Burning rubber every damn day.

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-09-07 09:51 PM | Reply

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Be not too hard
www.youtube.com

Lyrics...

genius.com

...
Be not too hard for life is short
And nothing is given to man
Be not too hard if he's sold or bought
For he must do the best he can

Be not too hard when he blindly dies
Fighting for things he does not own
Be not too hard when he tells lies
Or if his heart is sometimes stone
...



Woof, they don't write lyrics like that anymore...

Awesome tune, imo.



#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-07 10:40 PM | Reply

So Johnny One-Note ( isn't this the third oh my god tyres story in like a month) - what's your solution?

#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-09-07 11:33 PM | Reply

Public transport but people want Hummer EV more so they can get those sweet co2 savings.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-09-08 06:54 AM | Reply

And over the years here, 3 article posts on this. 2 scientific studies, and this tech solution. America has been sadly very far behind the EU on this. Can't see the cancer right in front of us chasing diminishing co2 improvements.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-09-08 07:15 AM | Reply

"You liberals keep your clean tires out of MY state. You liberals are always trying to screw things up for everyone else. Just let ME continue destroying my section of the planet while YOU stop destroying your section. The slave owning founders with wooden teeth agree with ME."

-you know who

#10 | Posted by JOE at 2022-09-08 07:29 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Just throw away your tires and drive without them. Problem solved."

- Big Hovercraft

#11 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-09-08 09:30 AM | Reply

#11 | POSTED BY SENTINEL AT 2022-09-08 09:30 AM | FLAG:

So fun, but the skirts abrade faster than tires.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-09-08 09:40 AM | Reply

Throw away your skirts.

#13 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-09-08 09:49 AM | Reply

Public transport but people want Hummer EV more so they can get those sweet co2 savings.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg

A hummer EV charged from solar, wind, geothermal, or nuclear is better than a whole gas burning busload of commuters when it comes to C02.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-09-08 10:00 AM | Reply

"A hummer EV charged from solar, wind, geothermal, or nuclear is better than a whole gas burning busload of commuters when it comes to C02."

You can fit a busload of people in a Hummer? I didn't realize they made them that big.

#15 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2022-09-08 10:11 AM | Reply

You can fit a busload of people in a Hummer? I didn't realize they made them that big."

www.flickr.com

#16 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-09-08 10:29 AM | Reply

#15 | POSTED BY HAGBARD_CELINE AT 2022-09-08 10:11 AM | REPLY

Gtfo with actual transport efficiency. We need a 3000 pound battery in 6000 pound frame that only moves 1 person the vast majority of its life. We clearly cannot save the planet with vehicles that move 150 to 200 people a day while only accounting for 4% of personal transport emissions.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-09-08 11:13 AM | Reply

I'm about ready to take light rail again. The Covid put a damper on things. Paris sure has it figured out.

#18 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-09-08 03:12 PM | Reply

Gtfo with actual transport efficiency. We need a 3000 pound battery in 6000 pound frame that only moves 1 person the vast majority of its life. We clearly cannot save the planet with vehicles that move 150 to 200 people a day while only accounting for 4% of personal transport emissions.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Once youre powered by sunshine, efficiency hardly matters.

A solar fueled HUMMER produces less C02 than a gas fueled scooter.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-09-09 09:31 AM | Reply

You can fit a busload of people in a Hummer? I didn't realize they made them that big.

#15 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine

No but a dozen solar fueled EVs is better for climate change than a gas powered busload of people.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-09-09 09:33 AM | Reply

Only if they're hovercrafts.

#21 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-09-09 02:26 PM | Reply

Only if they're hovercrafts.

#21 | Posted by sentinel

Particulate emissions dont heat the climate. CO2 does.

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-09-09 03:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Only if they're hovercrafts.

#21 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

Since you can solve all the problems at once so why a
bother trying to solve any? AmIRight??

So now go roll some coal on a Prius driver. That will teach them to even try and make you feel so good!!.

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-09-09 06:21 PM | Reply

Why are you afraid of hovercrafts?

#24 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-09-09 10:30 PM | Reply

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