The auto industry isn't the most eco-friendly business on the planet. But the good news is that just about everyone involved is working to shrink its carbon footprint. New vehicles have made incredible strides in fuel economy. Luckily, you don't have to buy a new car to earn fuel savings: the right set of tires can do that for you.
Purchasing green tires benefits the planet and your wallet.
Green Tires by Manufacturer
Several tire companies have developed eco-friendly technologies that can reduce carbon emissions. They range from environmentally friendly manufacturing processes to the green tires listed below.
Michelin Green X Tires
Michelin's Green X tires provide low rolling resistance and improved fuel efficiency, thereby decreasing emissions on your daily drive.
Bridgestone Ecopia Tires
Bridgestone's eco-friendly tires reduce rolling resistance to squeeze more mileage out of your gas tank.
Yokohama focuses on improving manufacturing processes, product design, and product performance to shrink its overall carbon footprint. One of these innovations is the use of orange oil in place of some petroleum-based products in their tires.
Hankook Kontrol Technology Tires
Hankook features Kontrol Technology, which creates durable tires meant to last longer than their standard counterparts.
Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max Tires
Goodyear's Assurance Fuel Max tires were designed to save a significant amount of fuel over the normal lifetime of the tires.
Pirelli Scorpion Verde Tires
The Scorpion Verde by Pirelli is a high mileage, low-environmental impact tire designed to reduce gasoline use and CO2 emissions.
5 Eco-friendly Auto Tips
Even if you choose tires that aren't labeled as green or eco-friendly, there are easy ways to reduce your car's carbon footprint. Here are 5 tips to a greener ride.
Maintain your tire pressure.
Improper air pressure in your tires causes more of the rubber surface to make contact with the road. This leads to higher rolling resistance., and your engine has to work harder to move you forward. That translates to more fuel burned in a shorter distance. Make sure your tires are at the PSI recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
Use the highway.
Without stoplights, pedestrians and bicyclists to worry about, cars are more fuel efficient on the highway. Avoid city streets when you can.
Avoid traffic congestion.
Nobody likes stop-and-go traffic, including your car or truck. Traffic jams sap fuel efficiency and can also put stress on your engine. If you know an alternate route to a congested area, take it.
Don't be idle.
If you run your car while you're not driving you're unnecessarily burning fuel. Make sure to turn the car off when you're not on the road.
Use a carpool.
If you live near a coworker or a friend, do the environment a favor and form a carpool. This cuts down on the number of vehicles on the road, which reduces the pollutants released into the atmosphere.