When I was first learning to drive my dad was adamant that until I could change a tire on my own, the car and keys were his. I remember those lessons in the driveway, jacking the car up, taking off the lug nuts, changing the tire and so forth. In looking back I know my dad taught be a valuable lesson.
Here are some fun tire facts:
Pressure is so important when it comes to tires. Did you know you reduce your fuel economy by one percent for every 10 percent of under inflation in your tires? Sure one percent seems minuscule, but when you think about it, a tire under-inflated by 20%, actually reduces tire tread life by 30%!
Extend the life of your tires and provide a smoother, more fuel-efficient ride by periodically rotating the tires.
Take your vehicle in for alignment. When the vehicle in not in alignment, irregular wear, fast wear on the tires and poor fuel-economy occurs.
In a hurry? Think about this, for every mile per hour increase above 55, you reduce the miles per gallon by two percent. Most speed limits are 65, driving at this speed will increase fuel consumption by 22 percent and only reduce your travel time by 18 percent!
Those combinations of letters and numbers on the tire tell the width/height diameter. If it begins with a /P/ it represents a passenger tire. /LT/ stands for light truck. The number represents the tire width in millimeters. The higher the number, the wider the tread.
The world’s largest tire is an automobile tire built as a Uniroyal promotional icon and was used as a Ferris wheel for some time too. It is 80 feet tall and weighs in at 12 tons and was built for the 1964/65 New York World Fair though it’s current home is in Detroit – Motor Town.
In Pennsylvania tires are generated and recycled in the quantity of about 12.5 million each year. Approximately 1.5 million waste tires remain in large abandoned and commercial stockpiles scattered throughout the state. In the last 15 years, 27.8 million waste tires have been cleaned up.
Tires are more than just something that makes the car go, they impact our mileage, the quality of our ride and more. Check yours today and ensure your fuel efficiency and safety is maximized.