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3 March 2020

Fuel-efficient tyres and correct tyre pressure: saving CO‏2 and money

Car tyres come in all different shapes and sizes: winter tyres, summer tyres, and all-weather and all-season tyres. Each tyre has different maintenance needs, such as regular inflation. Having the right tyres also has an impact on your car’s fuel consumption, safety, and how much noise the car makes. Ensuring your tyres are at the right pressure will also help you reduce your CO2 emissions. So, do yourself a favour and start driving mindfully.

There are many different types of tyres, each of which has its own distinct features. To make things simpler, the EU has produced the EU Tyre Label. All new tyres bear this label, which contains the following information:

  • Fuel efficiency: Class A denotes the best fuel economy and Class G the worst.
  • The braking distance at a speed of 80 km/h in the event of an emergency stop in wet conditions. A Class A tyre has the shortest braking distance and is the safest option, while a Class G tyre has the longest braking distance.
  • How much sound your tyres make at a speed of 80 km/h.

Maintain your tyres well

Maintain your tyres properly and check approximately every two months that your tyres have enough air. A tyre with sufficient air wears less quickly, has safer handling, and reduces fuel consumption. Set a reminder on your phone for the check every two months. The cap on your car's fuel tank or somewhere on the car door will usually have information on the required pressure (measured in bar). If not, have a look at your car’s instruction manual.

Stichting Band op Spanning is here to help

Zuid-Limburg Bereikbaar joins forces with Stichting Band op Spanning (right tyre pressure) to organize regular offers and campaigns. As part of these events, we send out teams with a portable tyre pump to perform free tyre-pressure checks on cars. If you want to take part, simply place the flyer you received at the entrance on your dashboard.

2,400 kg of CO2 saved so far in 2020!

Our teams have been out and about twice this year so far. We were present in Heerlen and Sittard and checked a total of 198 cars, 162 of which had under-inflated tyres and 11 suspected flat tyres. Making sure these tyres were at the right pressure saved over 2,400 kg of CO2 and €3,015 in fuel costs.

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