Will Stiffer Pavement Help Save Gas?
The online publication “Buildings” reported in May that a recent study from MIT showed that using stiffer pavement could potentially cut fuel consumption by 3% and save roughly $15 billion in gas prices per year in the US. Plus, since the pavement would need to be made to be stiffer, it is likely to last longer, ultimately saving money in the long run rather than having to repave frequently.
In a nutshell, the reason for the reduction in fuel consumption is because the “softer” a pavement is, the more energy is needed to push the car ahead since the tires sink into the road more compared to a stiffer road.
We think this sounds like an intriguing study, and we will keep our eye on this development to see if new guidelines are set and if customers choose to go in this direction.
What do you think? Your comments are welcome below…