It can’t have escaped your attention that fuel costs have skyrocketed in recent months. Relying on vehicles to carry out your daily work, it’s increasingly concerning to see these rising costs. Fuel efficiency is key for conducting your operations in the most cost-effective way.
Whilst they may be easily overlooked, your vehicle’s tyres can play a vital role in fuel efficiency. Good tyre maintenance has a direct impact on the amount of fuel you end up using, meaning you can go a bit further for longer with a strong tyre management strategy. Here we identify a few of the things you can monitor to improve fuel longevity.
First things first: tyres will inevitably eventually wear down. Natural wear and tear is unavoidable, however, the way you drive can speed up or slow down this degradation.
Things like excessive braking and not taking care on uneven surfaces reduce the likelihood of tyres working efficiently. As greater acceleration power is required, this means your vehicle will guzzle more fuel just to get going.
Pressure and Wheel Alignment
Whether you operate a HGV transporting cargo or a modified body utilising various tools and mechanisms, it’s likely your vehicle will regularly will carry heavy loads. It’s important to maintain correct tyre pressures to cope with the weight you’re transporting and prevent guzzling too much fuel.
The alignment of your wheels can also be a contributing factor to the roadworthiness of your tyres. It’s strongly advised that you should check your alignment after striking kerbs or potholes. Left untreated, tyre wear and handling can become badly affected and ultimately take its toll on fuel usage.
Keeping an eye on the tread depth of your tyres is extremely easy and should be a part of your regular vehicle inspection. Whilst all tyres must have at least 1.6mm of tread by UK law, it’s generally advised to change your tyres when they get down to about 3mm.
The tread depth on your tyres is important for maintaining proper grip and handling on the road’s surface in different weather conditions. If tyre performance is badly affected, it will ultimately have a knock-on impact on your fuel consumption.
Whether you rely on a single vehicle to carry out your work or you operate an entire fleet, regular checks and inspections are crucial. By including basic checks with depth and pressure gauges, you can ensure your tyres are always in tip-top condition. This will help to reduce the risk of unnecessary fuel usage and the rising costs that come with it.