The 2020 budget has raised fuel prices by up to €0.02 cents or €1.20 per 60 Litres of fuel or about € 62.00 if you fill up every week. By 2030 you will be paying over €620 extra over 2020 prices.
Tyres account for 20% to 30% of a vehicle’s fuel consumption. Choosing four ‘A-rated’ energy-efficient tyres results in significant fuel cost savings. And misaligned wheels can cost you even more by increasing drag and causing premature wear. A double hit to your finances.
Tyre labels help you to make energy-saving decisions without compromising safety and the environment. The labels provide information on the rolling resistance (fuel use), wet grip (safety) and external rolling noise (noise pollution) of a tyre. By selecting four tyres of the highest rolling resistance class (A), a consumer can reduce fuel consumption by up to 9% compared with a class G.
Understanding the tyre label
Each tyre comes with a label that contains three pieces of information.
The fuel efficiency of a tyre is dependent on the tyre’s rolling resistance. Tyres are rated between A and G. A is the most efficient tyre and will use the least fuel, while G is the least efficient tyre and will use the most fuel.
The Wet Grip rating will tell you how well the tyres perform in braking in wet conditions, in a straight line from 100kms to zero, on a scale of A to G. A is the safest, while G is the worst performing tyre. It can be the difference between a crash and a near miss.
A tyre’s noise level is measured in decibels (dB) using a three-wave scale. Each label also has space for the manufacturer’s details, including the trade name, tyre line, tyre dimensions, load index and speed rating.
Fuel efficient motoring tips
Service your car regularly
This can help to optimise engine efficiency and reduce fuel consumption by up to 5%.
Check your tyre pressure
Check your tyre pressure at least once a month and before long journeys. Under-inflated tyres will increase your fuel consumption and are more prone to a blowout.
Before your journey
Plan your journey
Plan your journey and leave enough time – getting lost increases journey length and not leaving enough time for your journey encourages speeding. Both lead to increased fuel consumption.
Unnecessary extra weight means extra fuel consumption so if you don’t need it, don’t bring it.
Roof racks and boxes increase drag – if you don’t need them at the moment, take them off to increase fuel economy.
During your journey
Driving at a moderate speed and keeping your eye on the road ahead helps to reduce unnecessary braking and acceleration, which increase the amount of fuel you use.
Your fuel costs increase the faster you drive, so keep speeds reasonable.
Switch off your engine
Many newer cars automatically turn off when stationary in neutral. If yours doesn’t, turn off your engine when you’re planning to stop for a minute collecting the kids to save fuel.
Driving at lower revs reduces fuel consumption so change up a gear at around 2,000 RPM.
Windows vs. air conditioning
If you are travelling at a slower speed, opening the windows is more fuel-efficient. If travelling at 60 mph or above, closing the windows and using the air con will save you more
Naas Tyres & Autocare can help you reduce your motoring expenses and reduce your carbon footprint in a safe and sustainable manner.
Call us today 045-871871 or log into naastyres.ie.