Eco tyres the best way to save fuel

Eco tyres optimised for efficiency are the most cost-effective way to improve your fuel economy, according to a new report from the Technical University of Munich.

Modern car manufacturers strive to improve efficiency with every last update. While systems such as stop-start and hybrid powertrains do help keep fuel usage to a minimum, it’s eco tyres that deliver a faster “green return” – the point at which the investment starts saving you money.

The news conveniently comes just a few days after a new EU tyre labelling system was brought into force, of which one of the categories displayed is fuel efficiency.

The German report – commissioned by synthetic rubber manufacturer LANXESS – highlighted that “the amount of carbon saved per pound spent on green tyres is 35% greater than on stop-start technologies, and 62% greater than on hybrid engines”.

Motorists often complain fuel prices are escalating at a ridiculous rate in the UK and in doing so will price some car owners off the road through extortionate running costs.

According to Managing Director of LANXESS UK, Kim O’Connor, “it is quite amazing that so many people are spending tens of thousands on new low emissions vehicles when comparable benefits can be achieved by spending an extra £15 – £30 per corner on green tyres.”

Eco tyres can reduce fuel bills by hundreds of pounds per year and as fuel prices rise savings from low rolling resistance rubber are only going to grow.

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MPs will today vote on Government plans to increase fuel duty by 3p per litre starting from January next year.

It’s bound to be a contentious issue, too, as research conducted by consumer organisation Which? revealed that 85% of motorists are highly concerned about fuel prices spiralling out of control.

Saving fuel, paying for fuel and burning it at as slow a rate as possible in your engine, it seems that fuel is always in the news in one form or another.

Today’s vote in the House of Commons will determine whether the increase in tax on a litre of hyrdocarbons will be postponed until “at least April”, or will be introduced earlier in 2013.

The rise in duty has already been postponed from its intended introduction in August 2012.

According to Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, the £350 million in tax revenue it would raise could be created elsewhere by closing tax relief loopholes.

Whichever way you look at it, fuel prices are only heading in one direction. You can save money by modifying your driving style or fitting eco friendly rubber to your car as outline above, but an increase in fuel duty looks inevitable.

Many even believe the Coalition is ready to announce developments in fuel duty rates in the autumn budget at the start of next month.

It looks like drivers will have to find other ways in cutting spending at the pumps. Here’s T W White & Sons’ guide to getting the most from your motor when it comes to fuel economy.