With gasoline and diesel prices remaining quite high, experts have urged drivers to monitor their fuel economy and reduce their gas mileage simply by checking their tires. The latest RAC Fuel Watch indicates that motorists will have to pay 162.32 pence per liter for unleaded petrol and 180.45 pence per liter for diesel on average.
According to Kwik Fit, tires account for up to 20 percent of a car’s fuel consumption, so choosing the right ones is important.
Tires typically lose air naturally, at a rate of up to two PSI (pounds per square inch) each month.
Because of this, drivers are advised to check tire pressure regularly, as this can help conserve fuel for as long as possible.
Ensuring the air in your tires is full not only extends tread life, but also improves fuel efficiency since there is less rolling resistance on the road.
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Because the test is so quick and easy, motorists are advised to have their tires checked at least once a month.
Another study by the US-based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that every one percent drop in tire pressure correlated with a reduction 0.3 percent 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 decision when choosing a new tyre.
Tires are classified into three categories: fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise.
Fuel 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 use less fuel.
So if motorists want new tires with good fuel economy, Kwik Fit advises people to look to the EU tire label for guidance.
Drivers also face fines of up to £10,000 for not having the correct legal tire tread depth.
If stopped by police and the tires are found to be illegal, motorists could receive three penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500 per illegal tyre.
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