Squeezing the Most Out of Your Fill-Up

With the prices at the pump straining everybody’s pocket books, you want to make sure your car’s fuel efficiency is at its peak. Eliminating as much stop-and-go driving as possible, reducing your speed, no rapid acceleration, and cutting back on using the air conditioner can help, but there are several other things you can do to add more time between fill-ups.

  • Remove Excess Weight

    : Carrying a lot of junk around in your trunk? Seems pretty harmless to use your trunk as a storage closet, but an extra 100 pounds in your trunk can reduce your fuel efficiency by 2%.

  • Avoid Excessive Idling:

    No matter how low your gas mileage is, by just idling you’re getting 0 miles to the gallon and just wasting gas.

  • Use Cruise Control:

    Using this device can help you maintain a constant speed, thus reducing accelerations and helping you save gas.

  • Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated:

    Under-inflated tires can reduce your gas mileage. By keeping your tires properly inflated, you can improve your gas mileage by 3.3%.

  • Check Your Gas Cap:

    While this tip doesn’t enhance gas mileage directly, by clicking your gas cap three times, it insures a snug seal that can help prevent against evaporation of gasoline. By doing so, you can save on losing expensive fuel through evaporation.

  • Regular Maintenance:

    By keeping up with your vehicle’s regular maintenance, such as oil changes, can keep your vehicle running at peak efficiency.

These little things can really go a long way to helping improve your vehicle’s gas mileage and to also really help you save money.

With the summer driving season upon us, regular maintenance is something you want to do before leaving on your family vacation. Not only will it ensure your family’s safety through a properly functioning vehicle, it can also help you have money on your trip—and throughout the rest of the year.