Chances are, you’re probably looking to get decent fuel economy with your car. It’s not like you’re shooting to get a wallet-destroying 12mpg, even if you do drive a large truck. And hey, you’re already pretty much forced to drive if public transportation is not a viable option where you live, so you might as well suck out every mile possible out of each gallon of gas burnt.
One of the ways you can maximize your fuel economy is through proper automotive tires. That’s right, tires – the only thing keeping your vehicle connected with the road. It’s no wonder that your tire performance is related to fuel economy. So, you’ve probably heard that your tires are connected to your car’s overall mpg, but how exactly does it affect your fuel performance? Wholesale Tire is here to shed some light on this matter that affects you nearly every day!
Check Your Current Tires
To get maximum tire performance, you don’t necessarily need to go out and buy tires. Though new tires would probably be nice, your current tires will likely do fine unless they are too worn out. That being said, we advise getting them inspected on a monthly basis to ensure that your tread wear is even.
Checking your tires is also good to identify any other abnormalities that might negatively affect your gas mileage, such as any nails or foreign objects lodged into the sidewall. Since roads are often dirty and littered with debris, your car tires will come in contact with things that, well, shouldn’t be part of your car tires.
Air Pressure is Key
Also, you should take note of your tire pressure on a daily basis to help with optimal mpg – do any of your car tires look low?
If your car tires do look low after a quick peek, then they will obviously require air. Even if your car tires don’t look lower than normal to the naked eye, they could still be below the optimal manufacturer-suggested tire pressure. We advise routinely checking your tire pressure with a tire pressure monitor, either with a digital or manual pressure gauge. Manual pressure gauges can usually be purchased for a few dollars, or even be found for free. The manufacturer of your vehicle knows the exact tire pressure that your car tires should be set at for optimal fuel economy. Usually, this information is printed somewhere along the door jam of the driver’s door.
Do you really need those gnarly, all-terrain, deep-tread tires on your highway commute? Unless you spend most of your time off the beaten path, it would be wise to invest in conventional tires with regular tread to maximize your fuel economy. The deeper the treads, the worse your gas mileage will be. Though tread helps your tires “grab” the asphalt in bad weather, you only need so much of this grab as an average urban motorist.
This one might seem a bit obvious, but you want to make sure that your car has the correct tire size. If your little Honda Civic is running monster truck tires, then obviously you won’t get the gas mileage your car was made for – in fact, your car would probably barely move at all!
The best car tires for optimal fuel mileage are the stock tires recommended by the car manufacturer in your owner’s manual. Plus, if you keep the stock tires on your car before you need to change them due to low tread or excessive wear, then you won’t need to buy tires. Think about it: the weight of your tires should be roughly proportional to the weight of your car. The lighter the tires, the better fuel economy you’ll be getting, generally.
Naturally, everyone loves saving money – who doesn’t? Making sure that your car tires are the right fit, have even tread, and have an optimal amount of air will help your fuel economy be as efficient as possible.