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So many drivers are unaware of what makes one type of tire so much better than another. Do you have the tires on your car that will keep you safe when driving in the rain, on hot surfaces or in the snow? My blog is all about choosing the right kind of tires for your driving conditions. You will find out what tread pattern to look for, advice for when to change the tires and even a few tips that can help you extend the life of your tires. Hopefully, you will find everything you need to know to choose the best tires to keep you safe.


choosing tires for your driving conditions

Are Long Mileage Or Fuel Efficient Tires More Cost Effective?

Syreeta Van Der Houwen

As a trucker, you have to keep your costs low in order to increase your take-home pay. One way to save money is to use tires that are designed to be fuel efficient. The idea being that the fuel efficient tires will decrease your fuel costs and, therefore, increase the amount of money you take home. On the other hand, all tires get more fuel efficient as the tread wears down, so with a long mileage tire, you should have more time with better fuel efficiency before the tire wears completely out. How then, do you determine whether a fuel-efficient or long-mileage tire is more cost effective?

What Tire Factors Effect Fuel Consumption?

When you ask whether a tire is fuel efficient or not, you are really asking how much of the energy generated by the fuel your engine burns is consumed by the tires. When the tread of a tire contacts the road, it deforms, and this deformation is what gives you traction. Another name for traction is friction, and the more friction there is between your tire and a road surface, the more fuel you consume. As the tire wears down, they are less able to deform, and therefore have less friction with the road and consume less fuel. Fuel-efficient tires are designed in a way that causes them to deform less when they contact the road, which, in some cases, causes them to wear out sooner than other tires. 

How Do You Determine Cost-Effectiveness?

When you buy a fuel-efficient tire that wears out faster than a long-mileage tire, you have a shorter time when the tire is at its optimal level of fuel efficiency and an increased frequency for the need to retread or replace the tire. When you consider these two factors, you can keep your costs down by buying a tire that wears more slowly, so you have a longer time to enjoy optimal fuel efficiency and a decreased frequency for retreading or replacing tires.

In the end, fuel efficiency tires can keep your costs down initially as compared to installing other tires. While these initial savings might be quite impressive, they do not last. A wise trucker will look at the whole picture. Although your savings may be spread out over a greater period of time, you can actually save yourself more money—and therefore increase your take home pay—by choosing a long-mileage tire over a fuel-efficient tire. 

For more information, talk to a company like F & H Tire Co.