Auto Bits: Get in gear for better gas mileage with eco-friendly tires
Tip of the Week
American drivers who think they're priced out of better gas mileage by the cost of hybrid vehicles can find another way of squeezing a few more miles out of each gallon. Tires that roll more easily over roadways are an eco-friendly and cost-effective way of improving mileage.
Eco-friendly tires offer a cost-effective solution. They reduce rolling resistance and therefore fuel consumption, and can cut a driver's gas consumption at the same price as standard tires. Sixty-eight percent of the drivers who said they were interested in eco-friendly tires would buy them for the better gas mileage, while 21 percent would do it to help the environment.
The Hankook Quarterly Index said:
- Of the respondents who drive weekly, 5 percent already own eco-friendly tires and 56 percent would consider buying them.
- Women (38 percent) are much more likely to be unsure whether they would purchase this type of product than the men surveyed.
- Respondents younger than 35 (65 percent) are much more likely than those older than 55 (47 percent) to be open to considering purchasing eco-friendly tires.
According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, here are the greenest cars of 2012:
Honda Civic Natural Gas
Honda Civic Hybrid
Toyota Camry Hybrid LE
Did You Know
According to TrueCar, the price of a typical car or light truck is $30,748, a record high and almost $2,000 higher than last year.
Q: I just bought a new Chevy HHR auto that takes the E15 fuel as well as gasoline. I have never used the E15 before, and what I’d like to know is the good and the bad on it.
A: A lot of today’s vehicles are so-called flex fuel by design. The difference in the vehicle operation will not be noticed. There will be a slight drop in gas mileage, but power and performance will be unchanged.
- Junior Damato, Talking Cars columnist
GateHouse News Service