If you do one thing to mark Earth Day 2015 today why not make it checking your tyres, because under-inflated tyres increase wear, reduce fuel economy and lead to higher greenhouse gas and other air pollutant emissions.
Earth Day is about encouraging people to remember to care for the environment and the organisation behind it urges everyone to do anything they can to help – from installing solar panels to just changing a habit, such as making a commitment to check your tyre pressures at least once a month.
This is where checking your tyres comes in. Last year Michelin tyres revealed that British motorists could be emitting more than two billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere because they are not inflating their tyres correctly.
Its research suggests that up to three quarters of the 32 million cars in Britain could be running on under-inflated tyres, leading to unnecessary fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Jamie McWhir, Michelin UK technical manager for car, van and 4×4, was quoted pointing out that: “If motorists consume less fuel by having the correct tyre pressure then they produce fewer CO2 emissions and save money.
“In an ideal world, drivers should be checking their tyre pressures every month and before each long journey.”
Tyre pressures should be checked against the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended level. This can be found in the vehicle handbook and on a plate which is often located inside the fuel filler flap or on the driver’s door sill.
It is important to check your tyres at least once a month and you should do it when they are cold or have travelled less than two miles to give an accurate reading.
Denna Bowman, Head Office