Your choice of tires can impact your fuel economy so here are some tips for getting the most out of the latest fuel saving tire technology.
Designers of hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles have long been experimenting with tires engineered to squeeze out better mileage. Today, most drivers can benefit from the growing range of fuel-efficient tire options available in-store. When it comes to keeping your wallet and the planet happy, this video will tell you what you need to know:
1. Rolling Resistance and Your Gas Bill
Most of us know that a more aerodynamic car moves through the air more efficiently by creating less drag. A similar force comes into play when different components of your tire flex and squirm under the weight of your moving vehicle, which results in another kind of energy loss known as “rolling resistance.” The more rolling resistance that your vehicle needs to overcome, the greater your fuel consumption will be.
As this visual illustrates, by modifying factors such as tread patterns, rubber compound formulations and tire construction, manufacturers are lowering tire rolling resistance by 10 to 20%, which depending on your driving conditions, can earn you a 2 to 4% improvement in fuel economy without any extra effort. This means that if you spend $2,600 annually on fuel, like the average Canadian household, you can save over $100 yearly.
2. Shopping For More Fuel-Efficient Tires
Choosing fuel-efficient tires is a simple way to save money and lower your environmental impact. Tire manufacturers are offering fuel saving tire options for an increasingly wide range of vehicle types. The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada has developed this handy Fuel Saving Tires Buying Guide to help you navigate the growing number of makes and models available today.
3. Tire Care Matters
Remember, your road to more savings and a greener planet doesn’t stop at the checkout counter. As with all tires, factors like driving habits, driving conditions and proper maintenance will affect the kind of savings you’ll achieve.
For example, a 2009 study of Canadian motorists revealed that nearly a quarter of passenger vehicles sampled have at least one tire under-inflated by 10-20%. Tires under-inflated by a margin of 20% can reduce a tire’s life by 15,000 km and increase fuel consumption by 4%.
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