October 1, 2015

Many people think tyres are tyres, and there’s no difference. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Not only do tyres come in all different shapes and sizes, but even the same tyres, if treated differently, can give you wildly varying results. Tyres make a surprisingly big difference to the fuel economy and safety of your vehicle. Choosing ENERGYWISE approved fuel efficient tyres, combined with regularly checking your tyre pressure, will help you save money at the pump by getting further for your dollar, while at the same time making your vehicle safer.

Fuel efficient tyres

Making a fuel efficient and safe tyre choice for your car is now easy thanks to a new approval mark developed by the EECA in consultation with NZ tyre distributors. ENERGYWISE approved tyres meet ENERGYWISE standards for both fuel efficiency and braking in wet conditions. ENERGYWISE approved tyres will save you fuel and perform when safety really counts.

Tyre pressure

Regularly checking your tyres are correctly inflated helps you maximise how far your car will travel on each tank of fuel, while also reducing your tyre wear and helping ensure you travel safely. Under inflated tyres will reduce steering capacity, increase your stopping distance, use more fuel per tank, and overall reduce your car’s performance. Over inflated tyres run the risk of a blow out, and that’s the last thing you want travelling at 100 km per hour. Even if they don’t explode because of the increased pressure, the contact with the road will be smaller, resulting in even more problems.

Tyre tread

The deeper the tread depth the better, and new tyres should have a depth of around 5-7 millimetres. In New Zealand, the minimum tread depth required by law is 1.5mm, however, in wet conditions, anything under 3mm isn’t really recommended.

To find out more about fuel efficient give us a call today. Our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.