Tire maintenance to save fuel

Today’s tires are more fuel efficient, safer and reduce carbon footprint compared to tires made several decades ago.

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The tire manufacturing industry has and is going through a revolution. The first all-steel reinforced radial tire was introduced in 1946 by Michelin. Since they invented the rubber tire, it has been improved with a radial tire, use of silica filler in tire construction in 1992 which significantly lowered roll resistance (LRR) and most recently the improvement of rubber chemistry.

In order to improve overall performance of your vehicle, learn few things about tires. Punctures and tread cuts could lead to loss of air and even destruction of your tires. If you see these, repair your tire or replace. If you experience a break lockup, your tires may get localized tread damage. If you don’t treat the tire, it could extend into the steel belts. Avoid severe braking to reduce break lockups. The misalignment of tires could lead to shoulder wear of your tires. If you see this get a mechanical inspection and repairs as needed. If you see shoulder wear on both edges of the tire, it indicates under-inflated tire. In order to avoid this, maintain the tire pressure according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Economical Mazda CX-5

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One of the most affordable SUVs in the market is the Mazda CX-5. It is affordable because it cost less than $30,000. It is more efficient because it can deliver 35 miles per gallon on highway and 26 MPG in the city. It is more functional, carries a higher safety rating and comes with a well-built interior. It falls into the compact or crossover SUV category.

A 2.5-liter engine is standard but provides a strong acceleration. Five-passenger vehicle is available in Touring, Sport and Grand Touring trim lines. Base Sport comes with 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, full-power accessories, height adjustable driver seat, tilting steering wheel, cruise control and many other features. Most models are equipped with Bluetooth packages and four-speakers and a CD player.

The CX-5 Sport’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 155 horsepower while Touring and Grand Touring models come with standard 2.5-liter engine that delivers 184 horsepower. 0 to 60 can be reached in 8 to 9.7 seconds with most models. While antilock brakes are standard with all models the CX-5 is rated with five stars for overall and IIHS rating of “Good.”

Competitors include Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester and Jeep Cherokee. The latter two are good for off-road excursions too.