I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for tips to help beat the income squeeze and, courtesy of a colleague in the States, I’ve found a very practical one from none other than US presidential candidate Barack Obama. And his tip? Simple, keep your tyres at the correct pressure. That might sound a little too simple to be effective but it has backing. According to the website ‘Be Tire Smart’, driving your car with just one tyre at 20% below the correct pressure can increase fuel consumption by 4%. What’s more, it can reduce the life of the tyre by 15,000km.
More importantly the website highlights some safety benefits of keeping tyres at the correct pressure. Under-inflating your tyres can cause delayed breaking, acceleration and steering while over-inflating the tyres can cause reduced grip and increased wear on components of the suspension as well as the tyres themselves.
This tip shows that there are some very simple things we can do to cut our fuel bills to battle rising prices. Let us know if you have any tips of your own!