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Here’s What You Need to Know About Summer Tires to Improve Fuel Economy

We've got a few tips to share about summer tire season and it starts with winter tires.


Let’s start with a pro tip: Now is the perfect time to shop for winter tires and make an appointment at a mechanic shop to avoid the rush.

In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about summer tires, which are designed to improve fuel economy.


Resistance is the enemy

Resistance is the main issue when it comes to tires and fuel economy. The greater the rolling resistance of a tire on the road, the greater the energy required to move the vehicle, and the greater the impact on fuel consumption. On the other hand, when you’re shopping for a tire, you want to be sure of its grip and longevity. So, it’s vital to find the balance that’s right for you and your vehicle, among other things.

According to information provided by a tire retailer, no less than 35% of fuel consumption is attributable to tire friction on the ground. That’s a considerable factor.


Pressure is the key

A number of tire-related factors can increase your vehicle’s fuel consumption. One of these is tire pressure. An under-inflated tire increases the surface area in contact with the ground, which in turn increases fuel consumption.

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We recommend checking your vehicle’s tire pressure every month.


Choose low-friction tires 

Many tire manufacturers offer fuel-saving tires. Narrower tires have less contact with the road surface, which reduces friction. Make sure, however, that you choose tires that comply with the car manufacturer’s standards. Your choice of tire must not interfere with the proper functioning of suspension and steering components, nor compromise the safety of road users.

Michelin offers the “Energy Saver A/S” range of tires. These are specifically designed for customers looking for tires that improve fuel economy.

In short, at a time when tires are changing and the price per litre of fuel continues to be high, it’s vital to ensure that your vehicle is fitted with the right tires, that they’re in good condition and, of course, that they’re sufficiently inflated.

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