Do Tires Affect MPG?

Mechanic with Tires

Constant trips to Amber gas stations can add up quickly, so you might be coming up with ways on how to maximize your efficiency on the roads. Maybe that is upgrading with a new Chevy model that has a high MPG rating or calculating how efficient your drives are. But what about the tires your car use? Do they affect MPG? They do, and John Holt Auto Group, Inc. will answer the following questions and more in this guide: 

  • Do bigger tires affect mpg?
  • Do bigger wheels affect mpg?
  • How much does tire weight affect mpg?

Do Bigger Tires Affect MPG? What is Rolling Resistance?

They do, and we have to answer “Why do bigger wheels affect mpg?” to get to the bottom of these questions. When you put your vehicle in drive, “rolling resistance” is the force that slows down your tires. Rolling resistance is the friction between your tires and the ground. So, more resistance equates to poorer fuel economy. Larger tires have more rolling resistance, so essentially, they have poor rolling resistance. 

Additionally, air drag, road quality, and other factors will also determine how much resistance is being put on your tires in your Tabler drives. If you want to boost your mpg, you can explore low-resistance tires with thinner sidewalls, lower weight, and shallower treads.

How Much Does Tire Weight Affect MPG?

How much does tire weight affect mpg? Find out here:

  • Since a smaller object takes less energy to move than a larger one, larger tires require the engine to burn more fuel to move the vehicle. 
  • Smaller tires and wheels require less engine output and handle stop-and-go city traffic better. 
  • Do larger, heavier tires have any benefits? Of course! Larger tires are great for heavy-duty vehicles and cover more distance once they’re rolling. This is a solid mpg boost if you mostly travel on the Norge highway!

Learn More About Tire Care with John Holt Auto Group, Inc.

You count on your vehicle’s tires to get you to places, so it makes sense that you should know how to care for them properly. Our tire experts are more than happy to give you more information when you get in touch! Need new tires? Shop from us online! 


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