Motorists are still facing high petrol and diesel costs across the UK, with many looking for fuel saving methods to reduce the number of visits to the service station. Experts have urged drivers to monitor their fuel economy and reduce fuel consumption, simply by checking their tires.
According to Kwik Fit, tires account for up to 20% of a car’s fuel consumption, so it’s important to choose the right ones.
Tires typically lose air naturally, at a rate of up to two PSI (pounds per square inch) each month.
For this reason, drivers are advised to check their tire pressure regularly, as this can help conserve fuel for as long as possible.
Ensuring the air in the tires is filled not only extends tread life but also improves fuel efficiency as there is less rolling resistance on the road.
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As the test is so simple and quick, motorists are advised to check their tires at least once a month.
Another study by the US-based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that every 1% decrease in tire pressure was correlated with a 0.3% reduction in fuel economy.
All new tires purchased in the UK come with an EU tire label, which is there to help drivers make an informed choice when choosing a new tyre.
Tires are classified into three categories: fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise.
Energy efficiency is rated on a scale from A to F, with an A rating being the best possible result.
These tires require less energy to roll and therefore consume less fuel.
So if motorists want new tires with good fuel economy, Kwik Fit advises people to check the EU tire label for advice.
Drivers also face fines of up to £10,000 for not having the correct legal tread depth.
If stopped by police and the tires are found to be illegal, motorists could be hit with three penalty points and fined up to £2,500 per illegal tyre.