Sunday, September 30, 2012

How Knowing Your Tires Can Help You Save Fuel

Fuel efficiency can be controlled in a few different ways. The main way is to keep an eye on your fuel use and monitor it, which will help you save money in the long run. However, there are four items on your vehicle that have an important relationship with fuel efficiency - your tires. Knowing your tires and how they work best will help you save fuel and money.

A Look At Roll Resistance

Roll resistance is the amount of work it takes for your tires to move constantly. You want your tires to roll at their maximum efficiency and this is directly linked to your fuel efficiency. Your tires will determine the amount of work your engine puts out and also the amount of gasoline your engine uses. Having low roll resistant tires will save you fuel. Michelin Tires claim their roll resistant tire will save consumers $400 over the life of their tires, which is at a fuel rate of $3.75/gallon.

How Tire Pressure Affects You

You can control the workload by keeping your tires properly inflated. Low inflation will put more weight onto your tires, and as a result, more strain on your engine. In your manual you will find the guidelines for the proper PSI (pounds per square inch) for your tires. Follow these guidelines and your tires will be working at their full potential. You can make a few changes to your PSI in certain situations. If you are carrying a larger load than usual, increase your PSI to account for the extra weight. Realistically, you should be checking and adjusting your tire pressure once a month. Make sure all your tires are using the same PSI so the weight of your vehicle is distributed properly.

When To Buy Replacements

It may be time to replace your tires. Have a look at the tread on your tire. If your tread has a depth of 1/16th of an inch or less, it is time for a replacement. All tires in North America have tread wear bars. These are bars within your tread, which will connect to one another as your tread is wearing. If you can see these bars connecting, it is time for replacements. You may not realize that your stock tires are fuel-efficient. Dealerships usually stock their vehicles with fuel-efficient tires to meet buyer expectations of "a good deal". Even though your fuel economy has been good up to this point, it has most likely been this way because you have a fuel-efficient tire. This makes it important to replace with a similar tire.

Adjustments to Your Driving

Assuming your tires are fuel efficient, your PSI is properly gauged and you have low tread wear, there are a few additional things you can do at the wheel to save gas. Try driving at constant speeds and pay attention to how often you pump the break or gas. Using cruise control is a great way to save fuel. Cruise control allows your car to do the work at a steady rate. Most people constantly adjust their speed by pressing the gas or tapping the break and this driving "technique" burns fuel. Set your cruise control and let your vehicle control its fuel output. Following these tips will help you to save money each year. Postponing any attention needed toward your tires will cost you more in the long run. Keep these tips in mind and it is safe to say you will be using less fuel, saving more money and staying safe on the road.

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