It is not new for vehicle owners to look for efficient ways to save fuel with the steady increase of oil price happening all over the world. Fuel cost is not a joke thus, it is wise to look for ways to save and make the most out of the fuel in our tanks. Engine size and power has a big effect on the usage of fuel. Accessories, how we step on that accelerator, the manner we drive and sometimes some accessories also contribute in the usage of fuel. Although this is true, there are also other factors we could consider to save gasoline.
But can tires save gas? Yes. Although they don’t really have a great significance when it comes to how our pumps roll, it has an effect on our consumption of gasoline. Do you know that road types, rolling resistance, our tire’s inflation, and its design and condition has a relative effect in our fuel consumption? Here are tips that may enlighten you to give more attention and taking care of your tires to save fuel.
Every time we step on that accelerator, our engine works and eats gasoline to counter that resistance on the ground so our vehicle could move forward. The more resistance the road exerts, the more fuel our engine consumes. This is known as the tire rolling resistance. Tires with less traction and rolling resistance are known to be more fuel thrifty. This may be where those old tires come in handy. However, it is also not advised to use those tires with balding treads because it may be easy to slip on certain roads.
All tires have a recommended range for air pressure. Its inflation also depends on the vehicle you drive. Check on your door latch for the recommended air pressure for both your front and rear tires. Make sure they are even. Because if not, it may lead to flexing, stress build up on your tires that increases fuel use. To avoid uneven tire air pressure, make sure to check your tires regularly.
You can save more fuel from your older tires. Why is this so? Because treads are more pronounced on your newer tires compared to when you have used it midway. The thicker the treads are, the more rolling resistance there is. And as it thins down, the more it becomes fuel-efficient because there will be less traction against the ground. So, the more your treads wear down, the more fuel efficient it becomes.
It is always helpful to do research. Talk to your local mechanic about your tires. In this economy we face, saving 2% of fuel from your monthly consumption can be a big help in saving.