Car insurance: Inflate tyres to save money

Thursday, 12 November 2009

With the cost of petrol continuing to increase, direct car insurance customers can make significant savings on fuel bills simply by inflating their tyres, experts have advised.

Under-inflated tyres have more contact with the road surface, increasing the drag of the vehicle, says car accessory company Ring Automotive.

Combined with an increase in rolling resistance, the engine has to use more fuel to create more energy to maintain the same performance as a correctly inflated tyre.

And as well as increasing the consumption of fuel, under-inflated tyres wear out quicker than usual due to increased wear and tear - resulting in the need for costly new tyres.

Other ways to use less fuel include driving at a slightly lower speed, using the correct gears, and removing excess weight such as roof racks.

"Correct tyre pressures help to maintain optimum fuel efficiency," said a Ring Automotive spokesperson.

"This can equate to lower CO2 emissions, which is good for the environment and good for your wallet."

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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