Benefits of Proper Inflation
Your vehicle's tires are engineered to perform safely, day in and day out. But to do their job right, tires need regular maintenance. Under or over-inflated tires will cause handling problems. Your tires may not accelerate, brake or steer properly. Other safety devices such as Antilock Braking Systems (ABS), Traction Control Systems (TCS) and stability control systems may not function correctly with tires that are not properly inflated.
Properly inflated tires will help your vehicle run more efficiently. With properly maintained tires, the average Canadian driver could save the equivalent of two weeks worth of gas every year.
Every litre of fuel consumed by a vehicle results in 2.4 kg of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, being released into the environment. Proper tire inflation helps increase fuel efficiency thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Every year in Canada, 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide are unnecessarily released into the environment because of poor tire maintenance practices. Disposing of old tires also has an impact on the environment. Canadians discard 28 million used tires every year, many of which end up in landfills or recycling centres. Every effort made to reduce the number of used tires would mean a reduction in the amount of gasoline and other types of energy required to transport, dispose of or recycle them. By better maintaining our tires, we could prevent emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants from entering the atmosphere.
Properly maintained tires help a vehicle run efficiently and prolong the life of your vehicle's tires. With proper tire maintenance, the average Canadian driver could save the equivalent of two weeks worth of free gas every year. As well, because tires will last longer, you could save the cost of one or two sets of tires over the life of a vehicle.