March 2016
Recommended Maintenance

Fuel Economy and Tires: the connection


Don’t use the air conditioner so much. Don’t drive so fast. Don’t let your engine idle. Do any of these fuel-saving tips sound familiar? Probably so. You may have even tried one or two of them just to see if they worked. But, there may be one important aspect you are overlooking when trying to save fuel in a Honda, and it’s your tires.

Tires are easily one of the most overlooked parts of a car, because let’s face it, we all just expect them roll when we say roll. But, the condition of your tires depends on whether your car sips gas or guzzles it. Here is some tire knowledge to help you save a some cash.

Rolling Resistance: When it comes to tires and fuel economy, one important term to understand is rolling resistance. Rolling resistance measures how much of a car’s tire sticks to the ground when in motion. This affects how hard your car’s engine has to work in order to make the tires roll. A low rolling resistance can increase fuel economy, while a high rolling resistance lowers it. In order to obtain the best fuel economy, tires should always be properly inflated.

Under-inflated tires: Tires that are under-inflated do not contain enough air. This could be due to a number of reasons from hot temperatures outside to a small leak or major hole. Whatever the reason, under-inflated tires are never a good thing. Tires with too little air have more contact surface with the road. This causes more friction between your tires and the ground. The more friction there is to overcome in order for your tires to roll, the harder you have to push on the gas pedal. In turn, your engine has to work harder, which causes more gas to be burned.

Over-inflated tires: Posing the complete opposite problem of under-inflated tires, is over-inflated tires. Over-inflated tires have too much air, which gives them too little contact with the ground. In order for over-inflated tires to put enough pressure on the road so that they move, your engine must work harder. And, as already stated, an overworked engine burns more gas, causing fuel economy to drop.

Treads: It’s not just the proper air pressure that helps your tires get good fuel economy; it is also the condition they are in. Tires that have a lot of wear and tear have lower fuel economy because they have too much contact with the ground, increasing rolling resistance. And again, the same situation takes place. Your engine is overworked trying to overcome rolling resistance, and gas is forced to burn more quickly.

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