USA: Roof Racks Wasted 100 Million Gallons of Gas in 2015

by SpeedLux
car roofing system

Just recently a study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory asserts that roofing racks were responsible for the intake of around 100 million gallons of fuel in the U.S. in 2015.

The Berkeley Laboratory states its research was the first to thoroughly take a look at the nationwide impact of automobile roofing racks, which often injure fuel economy due to extra aerodynamic drag. It approximates that roofing system racks can minimize fuel economy on automobiles by 0 to 25 percent depending on the racks’ setup and if they are packed or not. Based on that price quote, the scientists declare roof racks was accountable for 0.8 percent of light-duty fuel intake in the U.S. in 2015, or roughly 100 million gallons of gas.

To gather this sort of data, researchers surveyed individuals in online forums. Next, they made use of the crowdsourcing website Amazon Mechanical Turk to hire those who were assigned to highways nationwide to conduct video studies of cars equipped with roofing system racks.

The researchers discovered that roof rack usage is enhancing and need to keep growing by an added 200 percent by 2040. The research also discovered that vehicles with unloaded racks traveled 4 to 8 times as numerous miles as those with packed racks.

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1 comment

Ray Cardona May 4, 2016 - 2:04 pm

100 million times 20 equals TWO BILLION pounds of pollution! I realize people may need these while traveling but please remove them when not in use. Please help your pocketbook and the environment.


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