In Flight Magazine - - CAR PARTS -

With one petrol price in­crease after an­other, it’s turn­ing out to be a bleak win­ter. How­ever, Tiger Wheel & Tyre re­minds us that while we’re pow­er­less to af­fect the fuel price, we do have some con­trol when it comes to low­er­ing our fuel con­sump­tion. Some­thing as sim­ple as en­sur­ing your car’s tyres are pumped to the man­u­fac­turer’s rec­om­mended tyre pres­sure can im­pact your fuel con­sump­tion. Un­der­in­flated tyres don’t roll as eas­ily as prop­erly in­flated tyres do, and the more your tyres have to “fight” the road sur­face, the more fuel your ve­hi­cle con­sumes. Ac­cord­ing to the US De­part­ment of En­ergy, for ev­ery half-a-bar drop in tyre pres­sure, your fuel con­sump­tion in­creases by 2.8 %.That may not sound like a great deal, but for ev­ery R1,000 spent on petrol, that’s a R28 sav­ing – and it adds up over time! An­other pro tip is to check your tyre pres­sure first thing in the morn­ing and prefer­ably be­fore you’ve driven more than 2 km, as warm tyres will give an in­ac­cu­rate read­ing.Your wheel align­ment also af­fects the rolling re­sis­tance of tyres, and there­fore fuel con­sump­tion – check your align­ment ev­ery 10,000 km.Visit for more top tips.

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