Soaring gas prices curb summer road trips

Cambridge, ON, May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Two-thirds of Canadian drivers will stay closer to home this summer, according to a new Leger survey for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC; https://

The survey finds that 66% of drivers say fuel prices will force them to cancel or limit their journeys this summer. Among young drivers between the ages of 18 and 24, that number jumps to 75%. Eight in ten Canadian drivers also believe high gas prices are here to stay.

Main conclusions

  • Almost all (97%) understand that proper tire inflation is critical to vehicle safety
  • 93% agree that proper tire pressure saves fuel
  • 72% agree that properly inflated tires reduce vehicle emissions and protect the environment

However, the survey results also reveal a significant gap between drivers’ understanding that proper tire inflation improves fuel economy and their knowledge of when and how to measure and set the correct tire pressure. .

  • Only 27% of drivers check their tire pressure monthly, the frequency recommended by tire manufacturers.
  • 59% don’t know that inflation pressures should only be measured when the tires are cold. (A vehicle should be stationary for at least three hours or not driven more than two miles before checking tire inflation. Measuring pressures when tires are hot will give an inaccurate reading.)
  • 34% refer to the air pressure stamped on the sidewall of the tire to identify the correct pressure for their tires. (The pressure printed on the sidewall is the maximum pressure a tire can hold under maximum load, not the recommended inflation level. Prolonged driving at this inflation pressure can cause uneven tread wear and a reduced traction.The correct inflation pressure for your tires can be found on the vehicle placard, which is usually located on the driver’s door jamb.)
  • 14% rely on visual inspections or don’t know how to tell if their tires are properly inflated. (A tire may be 20% or more underinflated and still feel normal.)

“With these significant gaps in tire maintenance knowledge, it’s clear that drivers need more education to effectively improve their fuel economy. With gas prices at record highs and no relief in sight thus far, the time has come for all drivers to arm themselves with the knowledge necessary to reduce fuel costs,” said Carol Hochu, President of TRAC. “Monthly checks to ensure that your tires are properly inflated are the most effective way to get the best fuel economy and get the most out of your tires.Combined with good driving habits such as reducing idling, maintaining a steady speed, accelerating smoothly and coasting, these small, simple practices can add up to big improvements in fuel economy Drivers have the power to fight the price high on gas by learning these few simple techniques to ensure they always ride on properly inflated tires.

Impact of tire pressure on fuel economy

Industry studies show that motorists can improve their gas mileage by an average of 0.6% – up to 3% in some cases – simply by keeping their tires inflated to the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Additionally, under-inflated tires can reduce gas mileage by approximately 0.2% for every PSI drop in the average pressure of all tires. Driving a vehicle with a single tire underinflated by 56 kPa (8 psi) can increase vehicle fuel consumption by 4%.

$490 million wasted on fuel

According to Statistics Canada, in 2019, Canadians purchased 43 billion liters of gasoline. With a 0.6% improvement in gas mileage resulting from proper tire inflation, drivers would have avoided purchasing 258 million liters of gasoline and saved approximately $490 million. Saving that much gasoline would also prevent the release of 593,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the emissions of 125,000 vehicles per year. (Based on a fuel cost of $1.90 per liter between January and April 2022, and one liter of gasoline producing 2.3 kilograms of CO2)

TRAC encourages drivers to learn more about maximizing the fuel efficiency and performance of their tires by visiting

Four easy steps to measuring tire pressure correctly:

The first step

Find the recommended inflation pressure for your tires on the vehicle label, which is usually found on the driver’s door jamb. If you can’t find it, check your owner’s manual for its location.

Second step

Remember to only measure the pressure when the tires are cold. If you have traveled more than two kilometers, wait three hours before measuring.

Third step

Use a tire gauge when measuring pressure. Remove the cap from the valve stem, press the pressure gauge onto the valve and take the pressure.

Step 4

Add air until the recommended air pressure is reached. If you overfill the tire, release the air by pressing the metal stem in the center of the valve, then recheck the pressure.

Survey methodology

A survey of 1,538 Canadian drivers was conducted between April 8-10, 2022 using Leger’s online panel. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

About the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada

The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) is the national trade association representing tire manufacturers, manufacturers and importers of rubber products as well as rubber recyclers and suppliers of tire-related goods and services. ‘industry. TRAC is committed to educating drivers on proper tire care and maintenance. One of the main advocacy goals during the cold months is to raise awareness about safe winter driving and the safety and performance benefits of winter tires.

  • Impact of tire pressure on fuel economy