Before you fill up the tank and go cruising this weekend, consider getting your car some new tires, first. Research shows that wear and tear on your car’s tires can affect how well your car performs and how much gas it uses.
Consumer Reports says many factors should be considered when buying tires. These factors include: how they perform in wet and slippery conditions, how long they last, how well they brake and, of course, price.
However, when it comes to saving on gas, it is a tire’s rolling resistance that saves you money in the end. Specifically, you want a car with a “low rolling resistance.”
Rolling resistance refers to the energy it takes for a car’s tires to rotate. This is affected by the friction caused, literally, when the rubber meets the road. According to the Department of Energy, up to 11% of a car’s fuel consumption is spent on rolling resistance. The higher this resistance, the more gas your car will use.
Additional research has shown that just a 10% decrease in rolling resistance can improve fuel use by one percent. This might not seem like a lot, but over time it adds up. CR estimates that if you are a savvy tire shopper, the savings can amount to “$40 per year, or $215 over the life of a set of tires,” based on their testing of some of the highest performing tires available (based on current U.S. average gas price of $2.88/ gallon).
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