March 22, 2006--Posted at 5:10 p.m. CST
"Several years ago NASCAR, Indy, and Formula 1, the major airlines started using nitrogen to replace oxygen because it reduces tire failure and the tires run cooler," said Danny Cook Retail Manager of Gateway Tire of Arkansas.
Instead of filling up your tires with oxygen, using nitrogen as an alternative leads to an 80% reduction in tire failure. In addition to more reliable tires, nitrogen can also save you at the pump.
"Runs 20% cooler than the oxygen so the cooler it runs the less road resistance it has so your tire rolls easier," said Cook.
With gas hovering around $2.40 cents, using this alternative that makes up 70% of the air we breathe can make your next trip to fill up a little less painful.
"Tests indicate that it will increase your fuel economy up to 4% on the life of your tires," said Cook.
Having your car's tires filled with nitrogen can improve your fuel efficiency by up to two or three miles per gallon and at 40 miles driven per day that will save you 2.5 gallons per week and with the high price of fuel almost $300 a year.
"Whether you have nitrogen or oxygen the tire pressure is the most critical thing in the life of a tire," said Cook.