With the price of gas rising, Nancy provides 10 steps you can do while driving in order to save gas and keep more money in your pocket.
What can we do to help get the most miles from a gallon of gas?
As we are all feeling the squeeze every time you drive up to the pump to fill your vehicle, there are historic prices that nobody enjoys paying.
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center.
Now there are 10 things to do to help get the most miles per gallon for your vehicle per fueleconomy.gov.
- Check your tire pressure. It’s not uncommon for your tires to lose air over time, as you can lose up to two PSI per month. Well, this translates to an average of 10% reduction in fuel economy when all four tires are under-inflated by 10 PSI. Simple fix, make sure your tires are at the proper inflation. And that number can be found on your driver’s side door jam sticker.
- Don’t idle if avoidable. Do you know that when idling you are burning about one gallon of gas per hour?
- For those aggressive drivers that like to stop and start and zip around other vehicles, well, you are using more fuel for this type of driving. You can be burning an average of 15% to 30% more fuel.
- Clean out your vehicle. Do you know that every extra hundred pounds of stuff in the vehicle reduces your fuel economy by 1%? This should give you an incentive for those of you who want to go on a diet, or of course just clean out your vehicle of all that extra stuff.
- Keeping your speed at 50 miles an hour on the highway helps maintain good fuel miles. Do you know that for every five miles over the speed of 50, you are using more fuel? According to fueleconomy.gov, your fuel miles can be reduced by 7% to 14%, which equates to 22 to 43 cents per gallon.
- Maintain your manufactured scheduled services to keep your vehicle at optimum running performance as this helps get good fuel miles.
- Having an engine that’s been warmed up is more efficient for fuel miles, especially if you’re traveling a short distance because your engine has to work harder if it is not up to proper running temperature.
- Be careful when using a remote start as you don’t want your vehicle to be? You got it, idling and running for a long period of time, wasting fuel. With a well-maintained vehicle, approximately 10 minutes is all it needs to get up to the correct running temperature.
- Make sure your vehicle’s tires are in proper alignment as the tires’ misalignment can decrease fuel economy by up to 10% because it takes more energy to move the vehicle back as it’s being pulled.
- Tires that have uneven wear or are improperly balanced, well, they can cause lower fuel miles. Check out my video on good tire tread.
Well, thank you for watching. I hope some of these pointers will help you get the best miles you can for the fuel that you put in your car.
Call us next time at (609) 625-3286 for your next car care need. Or of course, check out our website and schedule your appointment there.
We hope these tips will help get a little less pain you will feel at the pumps.
Thank you for watching.