Daily Archives: July 2, 2018

Saving Fuel Starts with Your Tires

Auto Mechanic Examining a TireYou can’t be fuel efficient if you’re driving with the wrong tires. You need tires that are appropriate to where you are and your particular driving conditions. Winter tires won’t be fuel efficient in sunny Florida, for example, and summer tires won’t do a lot of good in snowy conditions.

Several manufacturers advertise fuel-efficient tires — but gaining the most mileage for those tires requires driving in roads and conditions that those tires were designed for. Companies such as Armstrong Tire say tire treads change depending on their primary use, and in states with little or no snow — shallower treads should provide better fuel efficiency. Shallower treads have more traction, increasing both your fuel efficiency and speed.

City Roads or Highways?

Opting to change wheel size can contribute to better fuel efficiency — but this also depends on your particular route. Smaller wheels and smaller tires are good options if you mostly drive around the city. Smaller wheels weigh less and have less standing inertia when coming from a complete stop. However, if you drive through the highways regularly, smaller wheels become more of a liability. For driving at constant high speeds, a bigger wheel is more desirable. Bigger wheels put less stress on your engines at higher cruising speeds — but are less efficient when starting and stopping. If you’re somewhere between city-driving and highway-driving, stick to tires the same size as the stock tires that came with your car.

Proper Maintenance

The condition of your tires directly impacts fuel consumption. Make sure you have adequate tire pressure as even a drop of 8 psi can lead to a decline in fuel efficiency. Switch up your tires regularly to distribute wear, and have your car’s alignment checked. These factors add up and making sure your tires are well maintained can get you a few extra miles. Go to a proper dealer when you feel the need to change tires — and preferably change all four. Maybe you can opt for fuel-efficient tires while you’re at it.