The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Tips to Keep Tires Fuel Efficient

May 12, 2008

LOS ANGELES --- Though both California and the federal government have passed laws to label tires' fuel efficiency, there has been little progress in implementing such laws, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

However, motorists can still maximize fuel efficiency by making the right choices when purchasing and caring for their tires. The L.A. Times offers the following tire-related tips to help improve fuel efficiency:

-- Keep your tires properly inflated. Low air pressure cuts fuel economy.

-- When replacing tires, consider purchasing the same brand and model that came as original equipment on your car. In general, automakers choose tires that are as efficient as possible.

-- If you live in a dry climate, don't buy rain tires. Water-shedding or off-road tread patterns often use more fuel.

-- Don't "pimp your ride." On average, bigger rims weigh more, and the low-profile tires they use create more friction because they're wider.

-- Don't replace tires too early. Worn tires are more fuel-efficient than brand-new ones. Wait to replace until there is 2/32 of an inch of tread remaining.

-- Skip the nitrogen. It's still unclear whether filling tires with nitrogen improves mileage or tire wear. The extra expense may not be worth it.


Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.

Sponsored by

Don Kreft, a sales and management executive in the fleet management industry since 1965, served as president/CEO of LeasePlan USA from 1986 through 2000.

Read more

Fuel Saving Strategies Survey

View our 2008 survey to benchmark your fleet's fuel and green strategies with other fleets.

Fuel Calculator

A managed fuel program can help you save time and money and gain control over the way you fuel your vehicles. Determine your potential savings by using our fuel calculator.
Launch Fuel Calculator 

Fuel Prices

U.S. Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Prices.

Launch Fuel Prices 

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher