Car Care Tips
Here are some of the things you can do to ensure improved gas mileage for your car:
- Keep your car clean. Mud on the undercarriage can weigh a significant amount and slow you down.
- Consolidate your errands. Restarting your engine again and again uses a significant amount of gas.
- Open your windows! Avoid using the AC during your short commutes. However, if you’re driving on the freeway, the open air may cause a drag which can actually decrease your gas mileage.
- Don't throttle. Be easy on the brake and gas peddles. Practice gradual changes in speed to avoid using more gas than necessary.
- If you anticipate a lengthy wait, turn off the engine. Idling for long periods of time will use unnecessary amounts of gasoline.
- We understand wanting to warm your car on cold winter mornings, but limit the amount of time you leave the car heating.
- Clean out the clutter in your trunk. More weight equals more drag, which in turn creates…. You guessed it, more gas!
- Avoid high speeds. We know this is almost impossible to resist but you can improve your gas mileage by up to 15 percent driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph.
- Use overdrive. As soon as your speed is high enough, switch on your overdrive.
- Cruise control is not only a great gas-saver, but it can also save you money on speeding tickets! Utilize your cruise control on long drives, or whenever you plan to maintain a consistent speed.
Servicing Your Vehicle
- Be sure to check your spark plugs, and have them replaced regularly. This will allow the air and fuel mixture to burn cleaner and more efficiently.
- Improve the intake/output system by allowing gas to get in and exhaust to get out of your vehicle. In doing so, you will improve the vehicle's overall performance and gas mileage.
- Reducing friction will significantly lower your gas costs over time. Be sure to use high quality synthetic motor oils to keep friction to a minimum.
- Change your oil regularly, and check oil levels between your oil changes! Low oil will make your engine work harder.
- Change your filters! Dirty filters can sometimes increase the amount of fuel your vehicle uses by as much as much as 10 percent.
- Be sure to have your alignment checked whenever possible, and check your tire pressure regularly. Check regularly to ensure your tires are fully inflated and your alignment is good. Low tire pressure not only damages your tires, but it can reduce your gas mileage greatly.
- Be sure to come to 40 West Shell for your tune ups and scheduled maintenance. A lot can go wrong with a car, and we’re here to help extend the life of your vehicle and keep you safely on the road!