By Denna Bowman
Goodyear tyres are concerned that many motorists jump into their vehicles as the summer arrives unaware of the condition of the only part of their cars that comes into contact with the road – the tyres.
Now officials from Goodyear are urging motorists to take a few minutes to inspect their tyres.
According to Goodyear, the high prices of fuel should give motorists even more incentive to check tyre condition and air pressure before heading off on weekend breaks or holidays.
According to Gary Medalis, general manager of passenger car tyres in the US: “Underinflated tyres can increase fuel consumption, costing motorists extra miles per gallon. In addition, they should avoid severely under or overinflated tyres, or those with insufficient tread depth or structural damage.”
The U.S. Department of Energy has reported that every pound per square inch of tyre under-inflation wastes 4 million gallons of gas daily in the U.S.
Mr Medalis added: “An underinflated tyre doesn’t roll as smoothly or as easily as it was intended, so it uses more energy, robbing the vehicle of fuel efficiency. If motorists understood this, they might realise why tyre maintenance is so important.”
He reminded motorists that tyres should be inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation printed on a vehicle’s door placard or in the owner’s manual, not the maximum limit stamped on a tyre sidewall. The inflation pressure of tyres should be checked at least monthly and before any long trips.