Canadian drivers wasting millions with improperly inflated tires
From the June 2012 print edition of Canadian Automotive Review.
Canadian drivers are wasting $703 million a year in fuel because of improperly inflated tires. Recently released data from NRCan and the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) shows that the under-inflation of one or more tires on about a third of Canadian vehicles is causing the consumption of 533 million litres of fuel more than needed. That’s enough to power 275,000 average cars for a year. An average driver can save about $100 a year by simply checking tire pressures regularly.
Measuring and adjusting tire pressure is an easy, four-step process that takes no more than five minutes. Here’s how:
Shortened tire life should also concern drivers who want to save their money and protect the environment. According to the RAC, chronic under-inflation can carve as much as 15,000 kilometres off the service life of a tire, adding to tire replacement costs and the number of scrap tires.