Amongst other consumable goods, fuel is indeed a very important item. Just like foods we eat every day and water we drink, fuel in our vehicles is just as much important, and how to make your car consumes less of that expensive fluid always baffle our mind. Today we are going to discuss one aspect of fuel saving: by taking care of your tires.
I. Problems with tires
1. Auto tires that are overinflated
When this happens, the amount of tire surface touching the ground is reduced, thus the car has to work extra hard to exert the regular force to the ground to get the car moving. You don't want this to happen frequently. Make sure that you refer to the manual and keep in mind the right number of PSI for your auto tires.
Keep the PSI of your tire at a recommended level. over or under inflate your tire would be equally dangerous
2. Tires that are underinflated
In contrast to the above problem, the touching surface this time will be greater and consequently the friction force, both static and dynamic. Needless to say, the engine this time will also have to spin faster to work against the backward force. And it has one more negative aspect, it will make your tires worn much faster.
3. False tires
There are not much to talk about here, common sense should tell us we should not buy fake tires or never use your tires too long past its expiration date (Check out how to check whether your car tires are expired or not). Well, though logical that sounds, some people still try to save a few bucks by buying rework tires that are polished and thinned. Only if they know how much their lives worths.
4. Worn auto tires
When an auto tire is worn out, its treads will be leveled and the tire will become bald. It will not only increase the chance of your tires veering on the road but also the friction of the tires and then consequently lower the fuel economy. The risk of losing control of your car on wet roads alone should be enough for you to change this thing frequently.
5. Mismatched tires
Each type of cars needs to run on a different type of tires. Factors like the size of the tire or the number of tread lines would indeed have an effect on your tire and your fuel economy. Don't just change your regular pairs of tires to others because it "looks" better or some superficial and/or personal reason. The manual of your car should contain information like this for you to refer to when the maintenance period date is due.
Choose the one that fits your car's specs, don't just choose one because it looks nice
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