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.