Pollutionwatch: how wheel misalignment can affect air quality


Nearly half of cars have imbalanced wheels, data shows, with slight misalignment hugely affecting tyre wear

Car exhaust pipes will become a thing of the past but, as Will Hicks from Imperial College London told me: “The air pollution from road, brake and tyre wear is here to stay.”

Increasingly heavy cars, partially due to there being more SUVs and more electric vehicles, will mean more particle pollution from road surfaces and tyres. Already these account for more pollution than the emissions from the engines and as much as 28% of the microplastics entering our oceans.

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