When shopping for a car, you probably weigh lots of features—cost, reliability, performance, color, and so on—but you probably don’t think much about the many roles plastics play in today’s autos.
Plastics in Autos
Since the 1950s, plastics increasingly have been used to make cars lighter and more agile—and today plastics are playing an even bigger role in overall vehicle design. Experts estimate that plastics make up 50 percent of today’s automobiles by volume—but only 10 percent by weight. Replacing traditional materials with plastics has contributed significantly to weight reduction, which minimizes the load on the car’s engine, so it needs less fuel. That’s good news for your wallet and for the environment.
And because of their strength and versatility, plastics are now used extensively in safety features that we all depend on, such as seat belts, airbags, and crumple zones.
Play the Game!
That’s why Plastics Make it Possible® has launched Plastics Speedway, a fun and challenging online car racing game available on Facebook.
When you play Plastics Speedway, you can choose from seven decades of virtual vehicles—from muscle cars to minivans—to experience the differences in gas mileage, handling, speed, and more. As you maneuver around curves and obstacles at high speeds, you’ll experience firsthand how plastics have contributed to vehicle performance.
Time to play! Visit the Plastics Make it Possible® Facebook page and play Plastics Speedway. After each time you play, you can enter for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card!
To learn more about how plastics contribute to fuel-efficiency, safety, and design, visit http://plasticsmakeitpossible.
Official rules here.