Cars Tyres

Driving Tips to Save Fuel

Posted on February 18, 2022 at 11:41 am

We all know that fuel prices are rising, so finding ways to reduce the amount of fuel a car uses is essential and beneficial on the pocket. Here are a few handy tips to get you started. 

The first important driving tip for saving fuel involves buying the correct grade of petrol. You can check the instruction manual to see what kind of petrol is best for your car.

Under-inflated tyres are one of the prime reasons for increased fuel consumption.

Changing your tyres from time to time will assist with the general wear and tear of the car. However, if the new tyres are wider than the original tyres, they will increase the rolling resistance and fuel consumption.

Don’t drive aggressively, and drive within the speed limit. Any increase in speed will increase the fuel used. Driving calmly and avoiding sharp acceleration will help reduce fuel consumption, thereby helping you save fuel.

Lastly, undertaking regular vehicle maintenance checks is another way to cut fuel costs.

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Highest Rated Tyres

Posted on May 17, 2021 at 1:15 pm

The type of tyres on your vehicle can make a big difference in your driving experience, safety and vehicle maintenance, so it is important to have good quality tyres. It is key that the tyres on your vehicle perform well in wet and dry conditions, braking, have limited cabin noise, fuel economy and offer a smooth ride. The most common tyre size is 205/55 R16, so this list is based off of this size.

Highest Rated UK Tyres

1. Bridgestone Turanza T005 91 V
2. Continental PremiumContact 6 91V
3. Dunlop Sport BluResponse 91H
4. Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun 94V
5. Goodyear EfficientGrip Perf. 2 91H

These five types scored highest in handling during dry and wet conditions, braking in dry and wet conditions, road noise, and the rolling resistance (which determines the amount of fuel consumption based on the tyre). There are other types that also scored quite well, but this list offers the top five.

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Changing your tyres prior to MOT

Posted on February 19, 2016 at 8:45 pm

A MOT is a test that is designed to check certain features on your car to ensure that it is safe to use on the roads. There are many components that are checked during an MOT and tyres are one of them. Legally tyres must have at least 1.6mm of tread left across at least 75% of the tyre. Although this is the legal limited many garages advise changing them at 3mm.

If your tyres are below the legal limit you can get stopped by the police and issued a ticket for 3 points plus fine for each tyre. Meaning if all four are under the limit you could get 12 points and possibly lose your licence.

Before taking your car for an MOT check the depth on each one of your tyres. You can get a gauge to do this or take it to any garage for them to check for you. If they do need replacing this will give the chance to shop around for the best price prior to having the MOT done.

 

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Part worn tyres?

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 7:23 pm

When it comes to replacing your tyres you have a number of options available to you. Depending on the car and your driving style / conditions you drive in may impact on the type of tyres you chose. Part worn tyres are a cheap way of getting your vehicle legal but are they always the most cost effective solution?

When recently enquiring about replacing my tyres I was quite shocked to find that although I could get part worn tyres for approximately twenty pounds each or new tyres for £30-£40 each.

Part worn tyres only have to have a minimum of 3mm of tread left which is often the tread level garages advise you to change them. Also you are not always guaranteed to get the same make or of the quality of the brand of the tyres. By paying an extra £15 per tyre I could have two new tyres, both of the same high quality make.

It is definitely worth considering going for new tyres over part worns when you look at value for money.

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Get the most from your tyres

Posted on May 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm

A careful, smooth driving style will help keep many parts of your car in good condition for longer, from the engine to the brakes to the suspension. The tyres are no exception, but taking it easy on them will only preserve them so far. There are a few other things that can be done to keep your tyres within the legal 1.6mm UK tread depth limit.

The first thing to do is check your tyres regularly, looking at the condition of the tyres from both sides. Any signs of uneven wear should be addressed as soon as possible. Wear on both sides of the tread or in the centre are likely caused by under or over inflation. If the wear is on one side of the tread, it could be a problem with wheel alignment or the suspension. This kind of wear is easy to miss if it occurs on the inside tread.

A good way to avoid uneven wear and mitigate the difference in wear between the front and back tyres is to have the tyres rotated roughly every 6,000 miles. The tyres need to be rotated in a specific way relating to the way the cars wheels are driven and the tyres construction.

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