‘Simple’ fuel saving tips can cut fuel consumption by 20 percent with a basic tire check

According to Kwik Fit, tires account for up to 20 percent of a car’s fuel consumption, so it’s important to choose the right ones and maintain them. Tires naturally lose air while driving, at a rate of up to two PSI (pounds per square inch) each month.

Ensuring air is replenished in tires not only extends tread life, but also improves fuel efficiency as there is less rolling resistance on the road.

New research has shown that more than two-thirds of British drivers have never checked their tire pressure.

Data suggests that 57 per cent of tires driven on Britain’s roads are under-inflated, showing just how potentially expensive and dangerous roads can be.

The investigation from RED driving school in association with Kwik Fit and michelinhighlighted how important it is to properly inflate car tires.

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If the tires are slightly deformed due to incorrect tire pressure, drivers will use more fuel to keep their car running smoothly.

This is due to the added friction while driving that comes from a deformed tire.

Seb Goldin, CEO of RED Driving School, told Express.co.uk: “The cost of replacing tires prematurely far outweighs the effort it takes to control wear.

“We urge all beginners and new drivers to get in the habit of regularly checking their tire pressure once a month, taking into account Michelin’s practical advice.”

Motorists should also be aware of recommended pressures and how they may not be the same for front and rear tires.

The same applies to the normalized pressure, which is the standard, and to the loaded pressure.

Load pressure should be adopted when the vehicle is particularly loaded, such as when going on vacation or moving house.

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