Tires & Fuel Economy

September 6th, 2019

The feature is standard on all 2008 and newer models, thanks to the TREAD Act, which Congress enacted in 2000 after rollover incidents involving the Ford Explorer and Firestone tires.

People are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs included with their vehicle. And there are several ways to accomplish this. Regular maintenance, safe reasonable driving, and choosing a vehicle design for your needs.

Even your choice of tires can greatly impact the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. More gas mileage means more money in your pocket.

Tires impact handling, braking, and acceleration, which results in better overall fuel efficiency.

The primary consideration around the gas mileage outcome that your tires produce is what we call rolling resistance. The National Research Council (NRC) defines rolling resistance as the measure of “force at the axel in the direction of travel required to make a loaded tire roll.”

Tires experience extreme forces during driving. The shape of the tire is constantly changing while the vehicle is moving, cycling between deformation and recovery. The energy involved with this cycle was once available to turn the wheels, but is effectively wasted and is released through heat in the tires.

The formula is complicated, as many other factors impact rolling resistance. Tire design including: dimensions, design, material, and construction also impact rolling resistance. Other primary tire attributes play a roll, like traction and handling.

Driver maintenance is also vital, regardless of the tire you choose. Having tires which are filled to the proper air pressure is essential to maximizing your fuel efficiency. Great tires without ideal air pressure will experience far more rolling resistance and you will be at the gas pump more often than you should be.

Tire Review published an article stating that “studies show 20 - 30% of a vehicle's fuel consumption are tire related.”

So if you are looking to keep some gas money in your pocket, check out these fuel efficiency tires:

Vercelli Strada II technology utilizes high dispersion silica (HDS) that strengthens the molecular structure of the rubber to improve fuel economy.

Americus AP 2000 which is designed with a low rolling resistance tread compound for high mileage and fuel saving.

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