How much do you spend per month on fuel? What would 1% savings mean to your bottom line?
Proper tire inflation increases fuel economy by one percent, versus a tire that is 10 percent underinflated, according to the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC).
All applications can benefit from fuel economy improvements, because every vehicle has gas mileage. However, in long haul and regional applications especially, using fuel-efficient tires at the proper air pressure can deliver significant savings. This is because the vehicles are typically traveling more miles, and also typically traveling at higher speeds. Higher speeds generate more heat, which increases fuel consumption.
In recent fuel efficiency testing, Continental’s regional tires delivered a fuel economy of 7.26 mpg, a 6.3% fuel savings over Michelin. Using the national average of 5.91 mpg and three-year average fuel price of $3.89, a fleet could save up to $12,800 per truck annually by switching.
By combining fuel-efficient tires with proper tire pressure, you can achieve maximum cost savings on fuel, the most expensive budget line item for many fleets.