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Checking your car’s tyres can help reduce high fuel consumption. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio:

5 ways maintaining your car’s tyres can help you SAVE FUEL

Motorists have been hit by a significantly high fuel price hike in February, we have five tips on maintaining your tyres can help save fuel.

Save fuel

Checking your car’s tyres can help reduce high fuel consumption. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio:

South African motorists were hit by a significantly high fuel price increase in February. Unsurprisingly many people are looking for ways to save fuel. We’ve found several tips on how maintaining your tyres can help eke out extra kilometres from your tank.

It’s important to fit the correct tyre to your car and maintain it. Remember that your tyres are the only touch point of your car on the road.

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Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) CEO Lubin Ozoux emphasises how important it is for motorists to regularly check their tyres according to Motorpress.

Have a look at five tips to keep your tyres in check that will help reduce fuel consumption.

1. Rolling resistance

  • Rolling resistance is the measure of friction between the tyre and the road. The more rolling resistance it has, the more fuel you will need. Reducing the friction your tyres have on the road, will in effect, decrease fuel consumption, saving you on your fuel bill. When your tyres need replacement, ask your tyre dealer about tyres that have good rolling resistance features.

2. Manage inflation

  • Under-inflation can increase a car’s fuel consumption by up to 10%.
  • Refer to your car manual or the label inside the driver’s door for the correct cold inflation pressures.
  • Under-inflated tyres mean the surface area of the tyre touching the road is greater. This will increase rolling resistance and push up your fuel consumption as you will have to increase your acceleration to overcome the rolling resistance, hence using more fuel.
  • Check your tyre pressure when you fill up with fuel, or every two weeks. It is best to check tyre pressure when the tyres are cold, preferably in the mornings.
  • If you are inflating a tyre more often than usual, it may have a slow puncture. This could be caused by a nail, or a sharp stone lodged in the tyre or a leaking valve. Get it checked by a tyre dealer.

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3. Wheel alignment and rotation

  • Rotating your tyres at regular intervals will reduce the chances of irregular tread wear patterns developing, saving you on fuel consumption and costs.
  • Incorrect wheel alignment causes a drag on the vehicle, forcing it to work harder and use more fuel. Correctly aligned, well-balanced tyres will increase tyre life and lower fuel consumption.

4. Drive Economically

  • Driving sensibly without speeding can decrease fuel consumption by as much as 19%.
  • Take it easy on the road, brake smoothly and accelerate gently, whenever possible.

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5. Maintain and cover

  • And lastly in order to save fuel you should have your vehicle serviced, parts replaced, oil changed, and oil, fuel and air filters replaced at the recommended intervals.