YOUR TYRES CAN SAVE YOU PETROL
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 www.twt.to for more top tips.