Save on fuel economy and the planet with this tire trick

(NC) Did you know the right tires can be easier on your wallet and the planet?

A portion of your car’s fuel is used up providing the energy required to propel your tires along the road. It’s known as rolling resistance. Premium tires that are properly inflated require less energy to operate –less rolling resistance – which makes cars more fuel-efficient. Lower rolling resistance also helps lower carbon dioxide emissions.

Tire manufacturers work hard to lower rolling resistance, but you can help, too. The key is keeping your tires inflated at their proper level. Underinflated tires are less fuel-efficient, so be sure to fill your tires to the recommended inflation pressure. You can find that on a sticker inside your driver’s side door or in your car’s owner manual.

Greener tires through better materials and processes

You can impact how full your tires are, but there’s plenty that happens before those tires are on your car. Eighty-five per cent of a tire’s carbon footprint is generated during its use, but the other 15 per cent comes from the way tires are sourced and manufactured. If going green is important to you, be sure to do some research about those processes before you buy your next set of tires.

Some tire companies minimize or eliminate the use of harmful oils in their tire compounds. Others audit their suppliers to ensure their raw materials are sustainably sourced. Manufacturers such as Nokian Tyres are working work hard to reduce emissions in their production processes; the Scandinavian company reduced CO2 emissions at its factories by 38 per cent in 2018.

Hopefully this sound education about how tires impact the planet helps you select tires that are right for you and good for the environment.