By Oliver Hall
Motorists can reduce the impact of the recent fuel duty rise by keeping their tyres correctly inflated, according to a road safety group.
TyreSafe has warned that driving on tyres which are just ten psi under the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure can increase fuel consumption by 2.5 per cent.
By keeping tyres at their correct pressures, motorists can travel further on each tank of fuel, reduce their CO2 emissions and stay safer.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “Making sure that tyres are correctly inflated costs nothing yet can save motorists significant sums of money.
“By taking just a few minutes once a month to check tyre pressure levels and adjust them to the recommended levels, significant improvements in road safety can be made but also drivers will see a reduction in their fuel consumption, helping to offset the recent rise in fuel duty.”
When tyres are under-inflated, the contact patch with the road surface gets larger, causing increased drag, which in turn places more load on the engine. Keeping tyres correctly inflated minimises this negative effect and ensures that the car continues to operate safely.
Research conducted by TyreSafe revealed that one in 20 motorists were unaware that running a car on under-inflated tyres leads to an increase in fuel consumption.