Study: Low Resistance Tires Perform Well


PR Newswire - February 1, 2013

Trans­port Canada today released the results of a study on the safety and envi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance of low rolling resis­tance tires.

Find out what the results of the study showed.

Low rolling resis­tance tires are designed to improve vehi­cle fuel effi­ciency.  They are made of advanced mate­ri­als and have treads, dimen­sions and weights that help to min­i­mize the energy lost as the tire rolls across the road surface.

The study, Packed Snow Per­for­mance of Low Rolling Resis­tance Class 8 Heavy Truck Tires, exam­ined sev­eral brands of tires to assess their per­for­mance in packed snow win­ter conditions.

The study, con­ducted by the National Research Coun­cil on behalf of Trans­port Canada’s ecoTECH­NOL­OGY for Vehi­cles Pro­gram, demon­strated that the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of low rolling resis­tance tires offers a sim­i­lar level of snow trac­tion per­for­mance as con­ven­tional tires, while reduc­ing fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions. Tires used in this study were cho­sen from the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s Smart­Way Program’s approved list, a widely-accepted des­ig­na­tion for low rolling resis­tance tires in North America.