Motorists can reduce the impact of the VAT increase next year and off-set the recent hikes in fuel prices by making sure their tyres are properly inflated.
With VAT set to revert from 15% to its standard rate of 17.5% on 1st January 2010, this simple – and free – measure could help vehicle owners reduce the amount they spend at the fuel pump.
Driving on tyres which are just ten psi under the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure can increase fuel consumption by 2.5 percent, according to research carried out by a major tyre manufacturer and member of TyreSafe.
However, if you keep your tyres at their correct pressure, drivers can get more miles out of tank of fuel.
There are two other major benefits to making sure your tyres properly inflated – it can also help the environment by reducing CO2 emissions and increase your safety by making sure the tyres have better grip on the roads.
Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, advises motorists: “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.”
TyreSafe warns that 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.
By running tyres at just 80 percent of the recommended pressure, motorists can expect tyre life to be reduced to around 75 percent. If the pressure falls to 60 percent, motorists can expect to achieve just 35 percent of the potential mileage from the tyre.
Denna Bowman, Operations Team