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We know how gas prices impact everybody, so we thought everyone might appreciate some ways that can help trim a few extra dollars off of your fuel use and save gas.
- Tires – Your tires introduce an element of friction and drag. When your tires are low on pressure or out of alignment, you are increasing the amount of fuel required to operate your vehicle.
- Routine Maintenance – Keeping up with oil changes and necessary fluids and filters, routine maintenance improves your vehicle’s fuel consumption.
- Travel Lighter – Reduce the amount of weight you are carrying. If it’s not an emergency essential, leave it at home for the commute.
- Combine Smaller Trips – If you have a number of errands, combine them into one trip. Your battery needs time to recover from your cold start. And car-pool, share common trips with co-workers and family members.
- Ease Your Take-off – Other than starting your vehicle, acceleration at the light uses the most fuel. When you gun it, especially with a larger engine that can do just that, you consume way more than an average to slower acceleration.
There are more ways to save gas, get creative.
Ownership, Maintenance & Repairs
► When buying a car, look for models that offer the best fuel economy in their class. For most drivers, an optional larger and/or more-powerful engine is unnecessary.
► Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Modern cars don’t need “tune ups,” but regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy, performance and longevity.
► Take your car to a repair shop as soon as possible if the “Check Engine” light comes on. This indicates a problem that is causing excessive emissions and likely reducing fuel economy.