"Green" seems to be on a lot of peoples' minds these days. "Green" can describe caring for our planet as well as saving money when possible. You can accomplish both these things when you inflate your vehicle's tires with nitrogen instead of air.
David Hay of Hay Tire Pros has over 30 years of experience in the tire and auto repair business. He explains in this video why nitrogen-inflated tires will make any vehicle greener:
Nitrogen maintains your tire pressure 3 to 4 times longer than air, and properly inflated tires can save you 1 to 2 mpg - that can add up fast! Calculate your own savings here
There are other benefits to nitrogen inflation:
* Increased safety - Improper tire inflation can lead to a blowout and a rollover accident. It also affects the vehicle's handling ability.
* Longer tire life - Nitrogen keeps tire cooler while they are in motion, so the rubber doesn't wear out as quickly. Tire life may be increased by as much as 20%, according to the GetNitrogen Institute!
* Decreased tire and wheel corrosion - Contact with oxygen and moisture (both contained in air) causes deterioration and rust over time; nitrogen is dry and does not cause this.
You're in good company when you inflate with nitrogen. The following organizations have adopted the use of nitrogen:
- OTR industry
- Commercial aircraft industry
- LeMans and Indy race teams
You may be wondering whether it is OK to add air to your nitrogen-filled tires if they are a little low and you can't get to the shop immediately. It is fine to add a little air if you need to, but the benefits you receive from using nitrogen will decrease as it is replaced with air.
You do not have to buy new tires to get nitrogen. The air in your existing tires can be replaced with nitrogen at your convenience; expect to pay a small charge if you bought your tires elsewhere. If you are buying new tires, ask whether nitrogen is included at no extra charge -- it is at Hay Tire Pros!
There are two types of drivers for whom nitrogen is an especially good choice:
- Drivers of older vehicles which are not equipped with TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) and
- Drivers who do not check tire pressure every week or so (you know who you are!)