I’m a tire expert and here are three simple ways motorists can save as gas costs rise

PETROL and diesel prices have risen to record highs as the UK and Europe feel the effects of the ongoing energy crisis.

And even though the government is cutting fuel taxes for the first time in more than a decade, motorists continue to face shortages at the pump.

A few simple tire checks could save you some money


A few simple tire checks could save you some moneyPhoto credit: Getty

The average price of fuel has reached more than 160p a liter – and unfortunately there is little motorists can do to stem the rising costs.

However, there are some simple steps you can take to make every gallon of fuel – and every penny you spend – get the most out of it, and it all depends on your tires.

1. Maintenance Checks

Accordingly Continental tiresPerforming simple maintenance checks can significantly improve fuel economy, and you don’t have to fill up more often than is absolutely necessary.

The first is to check tire pressures by looking for the vehicle’s recommended pressures in the owner’s manual, inside the gas cap, or on the door pillar.

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Properly inflated tires can reduce fuel consumption by up to three percent, experts say.

Your vehicle’s tires generally lose about a pound per square inch (PSI) per month, so it is recommended that you check the pressure at least monthly and preferably every two weeks and always in the cold.

It’s also important to check the tires for signs of even wear, especially around the edges of the front pair.

Uneven wear can indicate a tracking or suspension issue that can increase fuel economy and cause your tires to wear out faster.

And don’t forget that once you The tread wears down to 1.6 mmyou are legally required to change the tire immediately or face a £10,000 fine.

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2. Monitor driving habits

Another way to improve yours fuel consumption is to monitor your driving habits.

Speeding and braking heavily wastes a significant amount of fuel and can reduce your fuel economy by more than a third.

Monitoring your car’s revolutions per minute (RPM) is a good way to see how hard the engine is working.

Anything equal to 3,000 or less is your sweet spot and can increase fuel efficiency.

For maximum savings, keep the vehicle accelerating at a lower RPM and finally consider what (or who!) you have in the back, in the trunk or on the roof.

Excess weight on board causes the engine to work harder and more work requires more fuel.

Remove any unnecessary items that you don’t need to carry around and consult the owner’s manual to find out how much weight your vehicle can take.

The cargo on board is also likely to determine the optimal tire pressures – so be prepared to make adjustments if you head out on a holiday with a packed car at Easter.

3. Proper tires

Finally, it is important to ensure that you have the correct tires fitted to your car.

You can find this in your vehicle’s handbook, but always look out for the EU tire label.

An “A” rating for rolling resistance – the energy it takes for a vehicle to maintain a constant speed – says the tire rolls very efficiently, which means it takes less effort, and therefore less fuel, to roll the vehicle to move.

The main factor contributing to rolling resistance is an action known as hysteresis – this is basically the loss of energy that occurs as a tire rolls through the contact patch.

Steve Howat, general manager of technical services at Continental Tire Group, said: “As fuel prices continue to rise, it has never been more important for drivers to go as far as possible on each tank of fuel.

“It’s surprising how many drivers underestimate the impact of their tires on their fuel economy.

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“Performing regular checks and ensuring your car’s tires are performing as efficiently as possible will make a significant difference.
“When it comes time to replace your tires, fuel economy is a key factor.

“Any good tire fitter can recommend a suitable replacement for your vehicle – with similar characteristics to the tire that the manufacturer installed when new.” I’m a tire expert and here are three simple ways motorists can save as gas costs rise

Fry Electronics Team

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