Proper tire inflation saves fuel

Under-inflated tires rolling on Canadian roadways waste enough fuel to power 275,000 vehicles for a full year.

Canadian motorists suffering from sky-high fuel prices may be adding to their pain by not measuring their tire pressures monthly.

Canadian drivers will waste an estimated $722 million in unnecessary fuel bills in 2011 simply because one or more of their tires are under-inflated, according to data from Natural Resources Canada and the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC), which represents tire makers.

Under-inflated tires are expected to squander an estimated 533 million litres of fuel in 2011. This wasted fuel, which is enough to power 275,000 vehicles for a full year, will also release an additional 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.