By Denna Bowman
Motorists are being urged to reduce their fuel bills and increase their safety on the road by making sure their tyres are correctly inflated in the wake of the New Year price hikes.
Beleagured vehicle owners suffered a double blow last week with a 0.76p government fuel duty increase on both petrol and diesel and a 2.5% rise in VAT.
However, according to TyreSafe, one of the UK’s leading tyre safety organisations, motorists can ease the financial pain at the pumps by reducing their fuel consumption simply by making sure their tyres are correctly inflated. This simple measure will also increase safety, lower CO2 emissions and extend tyre life.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “Reduced fuel bills are possible by simply making sure tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, so at a time when every penny counts for many motorists, just a few extra minutes taking these simple steps can pay real dividends.”
Under inflated tyres cause higher fuel consumption as the tyres have an increased rolling resistance, which means that the engine has to work harder and more fuel is used, making the car less economical. Calculations from one TyreSafe member show that when tyres are under-inflated by just 20 percent or around 6psi, 3 percent more fuel is used.
There are also safety implications including the increased risk of suffering a blow out at high speed due to excessive heat building up in the tyre.
Jackson added: “Vehicle safety is always paramount, but making sure tyres are correctly inflated has the very attractive benefit of reduced fuel bills, which is especially important in tough economic times. Motorists needn’t be throwing money away just by making a few straight forward tyre pressure checks.”