Little-known 20p coin hack can help drivers slash fuel consumption levels in minutes

Drivers are still dealing with expensive petrol and diesel costs around the UK, with many looking for fuel-saving methods to reduce the amount they visit the petrol station. Experts are urging drivers to monitor their fuel economy and cut their fuel consumption, simply by checking their tyres.

According to Kwik Fit, tyres account for up to 20 percent of a car’s fuel consumption, so it’s important to choose the right ones. 

Tyres typically lose air naturally, at a rate of up to two PSI (pound per square inch) every month.

Because of this, drivers are urged to check their tyre pressure regularly, as it can help preserve the fuel for as long as they can.

Ensuring the air in the tyres are topped up not only prolongs the life of the tread, but also improves fuel efficiency as there is less rolling resistance on the road.

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Since the test is so quick and easy, motorists are urged to check their tyres at least once a month.

Another study from the US-based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that every one percent decrease in tyre pressure correlated to a 0.3 percent reduction in fuel economy.

All new tyres purchased in the UK come with an EU Tyre Label, which is there to help drivers make an informed choice when choosing a new tyre. 

Tyres are rated in three categories: fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise.

Fuel efficiency is rated on a scale from A to F, with an A-rating being the best result possible. 

These tyres require less energy to roll, and therefore burn less fuel. 

So, if motorists want new tyres with good fuel economy, Kwik Fit advises people to look to the EU Tyre Label for guidance.

Drivers also face fines of up to £10,000 for not having the correct legal tyre tread depth.

If stopped by the police and the tyres are found to be illegal, motorists could be hit with three penalty points and be fined up to £2,500 per illegal tyre.

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