Why motorists will waste a million litres of fuel this Easter – Automotive Blog



Michelin Compact 'Top Up' Digital Tyre Inflator

Technically speaking, alloy wheels corrode rather than rust. While rust often manifests as a reddish crumbly substance, when alloys start to corrode, white markings start to show up.

Alloy wheels are made with a layer that is coated to prevent corrosion. The protective covering, however, may chip away in small patches over time due to collisions, leaving the alloy exposed to the elements.

Although it is quite difficult to actually see if the protective coating has been chipped away, our specialists will be able to tell and make sure you are driving safely on the roads.

How much money and fuel is being wasted?

According to current fuel prices and the typical fuel usage of UK cars, each mile of driving costs 17.66p in fuel. This implies that drivers who have underinflated tires will spend £51 million on gas.

But because their poorly inflated tires will reduce their efficiency by about 3%, they will use 1,051,373 liters of fuel, or £1.5 million, in vain.

Bald, worn and damaged tyres - © Gareth Herincx

Why do under-inflated tyres impact fuel consumption – and what are the other dangers?

Tyres that are underinflated have a larger imprint on the ground, which increases friction and reduces their efficiency. Underinflated tires don’t just cause overheating; they can also cause premature wear, tread separation, and ultimately a rupture.



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