Tires Do Make a Difference


(Tires Do Make a Difference)

Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy,

In past articles the topic was the cost of gas, that is, ways to save money at the pump. We even shared the idea of going electric.

When I spoke with my son Benjamin Perry, at the Ramona Tire store he tells me there is another way to go.  He said, “Do you really need to buy a new fuel-efficient car or hybrid to improve your miles per gallon?”

He said “One easier and less expensive way to maximize your current vehicle’s fuel efficiency is to change your tires. The some tire industry innovators like Goodyear “Fuel Max and Firestone Champion Fuel Fighter” are tires that can improve your mileage, and can offer well-rounded performance in a product for passenger cars, SUVs and CUVs. These tires are designed not only to maximize your fuel mileage, but also to offer excellent all-season traction and a long tread-life limited warranty.

So “how,” you say?  They use specialized Fuel Saving Tread Compounds that help reduce energy loss as the tire rolls. This lower rolling resistance means that it takes less energy to get the wheels moving, which in-turn makes your car more fuel-efficient in the process. That’s not to mention that these tires will potentially help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and the amount of fuel you’ll consume as part of your “carbon footprint.”

So how much fuel will you save over the life of four tires? According to Goodyear, with the Assurance Fuel Max tire, there is an average 4 percent improvement in fuel economy. That means that over the course of a 65,000-mile tire lifecycle, you can save about 2,600 miles worth of gas.* This adds up to quite a few trips back and forth to work, in our San Jacinto Valley.

Your own tire wear will differ of course, depending on how well you maintain your vehicle. When it comes to maintenance, Goodyear recommends rotating your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, or according to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended intervals. Plus, it helps to watch out for potential road hazards, and pay close attention to your own driving habits.

You can save up to 2,600 miles based on a 4% fuel economy improvement, on 65,000 Mile Tread Life Limited Warranty, as compared to the standard Goodyear Assurance tire tested on P195/65R15 size-2008 Honda Civic. Actual results may vary based on when tires are replaced, driving habits, road conditions, and proper tire maintenance. Ok! Thanks Ben, that’s good advice.

Actually this is true: I have proof that tires do make a difference. I remember putting low-priced tires on your grandmother’s Toyota Prius. She complained that she lost the gas mileage that she was used to.

Actually I should have installed directional tires designed for hybrid vehicles! Oops, sorry Mom.

Good job son.

Tires do make a difference

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