5 tyre-related concerns that affect your vehicle’s fuel economy
What is the average fuel consumption per km for cars in India? You may have heard this question several times from those looking to purchase a car.
Given the rising fuel prices, one cannot blame vehicle owners who are always on the lookout to make every ride fuel-efficient and cost-effective. And in this pursuit, you may have noticed that vehicles with newer tyres consume less fuel than their worn-out counterparts. Does that mean that tyres can influence your vehicle’s fuel economy? The short answer: Yes! But how and why is it so? Read on to know all about it.
Mr TREEL Explains Rolling Resistance
“Rolling resistance is the force required to get the tyre moving in the direction of travel from a stopped position. The more the resistance, the more would be the force required to get the tyre rolling. Accordingly, the fuel consumption would also be higher. In contrast, lower rolling resistance means tyres that roll easily and consume fuel efficiently.”
5 Tyre-Related Concerns That Affect Your Vehicle’s Fuel Economy
The following are five tyre-related concerns that can impact your vehicle’s fuel economy:
Improper Tyre Pressure
When it comes to fuel economy, tyre pressure should be your first and foremost consideration since every 1% decrease in tyre pressure reduces fuel economy by 0.3%. Resultantly, improper tyre pressure can increase fuel consumption by 10%, while properly inflated tyres can improve fuel efficiency by 3%. A tyre pressure monitoring system or TPMS can ensure that your tyres are adequately inflated.
Poorly aligned tyres can cause uneven wear and tear and even poor traction. It will cause your tyres to drag instead of roll. As a result, your vehicle’s fuel economy will suffer. Getting your tyres aligned is the best way to prevent this issue.
Worn out Treading
While treading is necessary for maintaining traction, about 35 to 50% of rolling resistance stems from the treadwear. However, you are not left to choose between treadwear and fuel efficiency as certain tread compounds, such as those with silica or natural rubber, can reduce rolling resistance. Hence, choosing shallow-tread rib design tyres can strike the perfect balance between fuel efficiency and traction.
Incorrect Tyre Size
Several tyre size fuel consumption calculators may lead you to believe that upsizing is key to your vehicle’s fuel economy. However, things are not so black and white. The tyre size affects fuel requirements depending on the traffic conditions. For instance, smaller tyres would be more fuel-efficient in stop-start traffic conditions as they are easier to move. On the other hand, larger tyres are more fuel-efficient while cruising as they can easily cover larger distances.
In addition to the tyre’s size and make, its weight is also a key consideration while calculating your vehicle’s fuel economy. Heavy tyres will increase the load, which will proportionately increase fuel consumption. Conversely, lighter tyres would hardly contribute to the vehicular load while also being easier to handle, which will allow it to perform better on the fuel-efficient front.
Mr. TREEL’s Tips on Fuel Efficiency
By now, it is clear that your tyre’s health affects the vehicle’s fuel economy. On that note, here are a few more tips by Mr TREEL to increase fuel efficiency:
- Minimise throttling and accelerate smoothly while increasing speed.
- Drive at the highest possible gear for optimum speed and fuel efficiency.
- Avoid excessive idling and turn off your engine for longer wait times.
- Clean or replace your car’s filters periodically.
- Tank up on high-quality fuel.
When you look at the larger picture, investing in a tyre management app complete with car tyre sensors can help you stay on top of your tyre care by monitoring all the factors listed above. So contact the TPMS experts for starting off a fuel-efficient journey!