Fuel Efficiency Tips and Advice

Fuel Efficiency Tips

With costs at the pump increasing and our yearly mileage going up each year you can use all the fuel efficiency tips you can use, it’s smart to look at your own driving behavior and some vehicle maintenance options in order to save you money on gas.

Here are some easy way to increase fuel efficiency:

  • Slow it down. Speeding, stop-and-go driving, taking off too fast, and inconsistent speeds are going to drain your tank quicker. For example, if you go 65 MPH instead of 55 MPH, your car’s fuel mileage drops by about two miles per gallon.
  • Don’t leave your engine idling. Sometimes, we have to — but it’s best to avoid leaving your engine running. It’s just a small amount, but it’s still fuel wasted while you’re going nowhere.
  • Plan your trip to avoid traffic. Stop-and-go driving because of traffic takes a toll on your vehicle. Connect small trips together into a single, long trip. Combining your errands like this will save you money year after year.
  • Consistent speeds use less gasoline. Peeling out at green lights will only drive you to the gas station faster. Keeping your speed more consistent will get you farther on less money.

Well-maintained cars are also fuel-efficient cars. When you take your ride in regularly for maintenance, you are ensuring that it will drive optimally.

  • Properly inflated tires. This is a no-brainer. It helps your tires last longer and keeps your car running better. Avoid paying for costly replacement tires and keep them properly aired up.
  • Follow the recommended service schedule for your vehicle. We can check  the schedule for your particular car and tell you of any recommended maintenance. Whether its transmission flushes or oil changes, every part can play a role in fuel economy.
  • Have the fuel system cleaned. Fuel injectors start to feed fuel improperly and spark plugs may burn inefficiently when impurities build up with debris and residues. Improper fuel consumption can be very bad news for your vehicle in other ways, too. Premature catalytic converter failures are often caused by poorly serviced fuel systems.
  • Change your oil every 3,000 miles. This is essential to a long engine life and an easy way to enhance fuel economy. Schedule an appointment us today!
  • Clean the air filter. Your car breathes and needs oxygen to burn fuel. So a dirty or clogged up air filter leads to inefficient air intake and reduces overall performance.

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