A lot of people are wanting to know what the benefits of filling your tires with nitrogen vs. air. Well there are 4 major benefits you will get by filling your tires with nitrogen. The benefits of nitrogen are that your tires will last longer, your fuel efficiency or MPG will increase, your car will be safer, and you will help save the environment! Continue reading on how nitrogen filled tires will help benefit you.
How Much Money Will I Save Filling My Tires With Nitrogen
Depending on how many miles you drive, your car’s current fuel efficiency MPG, and a few other minor variables, you will most likely save around $130.00/year on fuel, and around $70.00/year on tires. Which means you will save around $200.00/year! These numbers are based from driving 15,500 miles a year, on a car that gets around 20MPG. Continue reading to find out why nitrogen filled tires saves you $200 every year!
Increase Your Gas Mileage
How does nitrogen filled tires help improve your gas mileage? Regular air filled tires lose 1-3 PSI every month! Which makes your tires slightly more flat! Ever tried pushing a car that had flat tires? If you have then you know that it requires more work for you to move that car. Same applies to your car’s motor, it has to work harder to move your car when the tires are flat or even low. If the car’s engine has to work harder, your engine will consume more fuel! Nitrogen filled tires do not loose as much pressure. See the image at the very bottom right, see how regular air leaks through the tire’s rubber more than nitrogen does.
Regular air filled tires will also vary in air pressure in the tire, just by them being hot or cold. So if the temperature changes in your tire, the tire pressure changes as well. The longer you drive the hotter your tire becomes. Nitrogen filled tires will keep a more stable pressure when the tire’s temperatures change!
So filling your tires with nitrogen will improve your gas mileage by keeping your tire’s pressure more stable!
Increase the Life of Your Tires
Your tires will last longer when they are filled with nitrogen! Regular air inside of your tires will have nitrogen N2, oxygen O2, water vapor H2O, argon Ar, carbon dioxide CO2, neon Ne, helium He, methane CH4, krypton Kr, hydrogen H2, nitrous oxide N2, xenon Xe, ozone O3, nitrogen dioxide NO2, iodine I, carbon monoxide CO, and ammonia NH3. Some of these gases in the air will cause rubber to break down, dry crack, etc. Nitrogen doesn’t damage rubber. So if you fill your tires with air they will dry crack and also the tread will wear faster!
Filling your tires will nitrogen will not harm your rubber in the tire, and will increase the life of your tires, so you don’t have to buy tires as often!
Nitrogen Filled Tires are Safer
Some of you may have already figured out why nitrogen filled tires are safer from reading the information above, but for those of you that haven’t I will explain why nitrogen filled tires are safer. First of all in the section explaining that nitrogen filled tires increase your gas mileage, it says that air filled tires lose 1-3 PSI every month. Under-inflated tires are more prone to blowing out! So you are driving 65mph on the highway and your tire blows out because it is under-inflated! Filling tires with nitrogen will reduce the risk of a tire blowing out on you as it will maintain tire pressure.
Secondly, in the next section explaining how nitrogen increases your tire’s life, it says that regular air filled tires will start breaking down and dry cracking, which can cause a tire blow out as well.
Nitrogen Filled Tires Help Save the Environment
By switching to nitrogen filled tires vs. regular air filled tires, your car will burn less fuel, which will put off less emissions into the air we breathe. We will also use less tires, which will put less pollution in the air by making more tires.
Nitrogen Filled Tires Perform Better
If you are into performance on the street or track you want to have your tires filled with nitrogen as they maintain pressure at different temperatures better than regular air filled tires. When on the street or track racing you are putting a lot of stress on your tires, accelerating, breaking, etc. this causes your tires to get even hotter, which will change your tire’s air pressure. Filling your tires with nitrogen will not change pressures while the tire’s temperature changes!
Also while taking a turn at high speeds, your regular air filled tires will allow the tire to roll slightly, which creates resistance and slows you down, and possibly roll the tire off of your rim. Nitrogen filled tires will roll less, allowing you to maintain speeds through turns. Filling your tires with nitrogen will give your car better traction and handling!
Who Uses Nitrogen in Tires?
FAA requires all commercial air-crafts to have their tires filled with nitrogen. Nascar racers are required to have their tires filled with nitrogen, so they are safer, faster, change tires less, and use less fuel! Jay Leno’s car’s tires are also filled with nitrogen, and you know how much Jay Leno loves his cars!
Anyone can fill their tires with nitrogen to increase their tire’s life, safety, fuel mileage, and performance! So go green and save money by filling your tires with nitrogen today!