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Correctly inflated tyres save fuel, says TyreSafe

Inflation can also lower emissions and extend tyre life.

Motorists feeling the effects of higher fuel prices could cut their running costs by ensuring their tyres are inflated to the correct levels, it has been stated.

According to TyreSafe, drivers have recently been hit by the 76p government fuel duty and the rise in VAT to 20 per cent, the latter of which came into effect on January 4th.

Correctly inflated tyres also have the advantage of being safer on the road, reducing CO2 emissions and boosting tyre life.

A TyreSafe member recently concluded that when tyres are underinflated by 20 per cent, three per cent more fuel is used.

TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson said: "Vehicle safety is always paramount, but making sure tyres are correctly inflated has the very attractive benefit of reduced fuel bills, which is especially important in tough economic times. Motorists needn't be throwing money away."

According to the charity, it can be dangerous to reinflate tyres that are significantly underinflated, and motorists should instead opt to buy replacements.ADNFCR-3205-ID-800337192-ADNFCR