As prices at the pump increase, many drivers are researching cars that get more miles out of a gallon a gas. Increasing your fuel efficiency doesn’t have to mean trading in your car or truck. Knowing more about tires could provide the relief you need at the pump right now.
Proper Tire Inflation. Maintaining properly inflated tires is a contributing factor to achieving maximum fuel economy for your car. Most vehicles on the road are driving on tires that are underinflated. This realization coupled with the staggering statistics about what underinflated tires mean for fuel consumption will hopefully force those of you reading this article to pay closer attention to your tire inflation.
- An underinflated tire can cause as much as a 5 percent decrease in fuel economy.
- A tire underinflated by just 2 PSI increases the consumption of fuel by more than 1 percent.
- If all American motorists drove on properly inflated tires, we could save up to two billion gallons of gas annually.
Fuel Efficient Tires. The last time you bought tires, rolling resistance may not have been a key factor in your purchase decision. If you knew then that this attribute affects your fuel emissions, you probably would have considered a fuel-efficient tire, like Bridgestone’s Ecopia low rolling resistance tires. Bridgestone engineered these tires to reduce rolling resistance by returning energy back to the tire, rather than expend energy by generating heat through increased resistance. The Ecopia can offer more than a 40 percent increase in rolling resistance.