Gas prices aren’t going down. Sadly, that’s become the reality. With fuel increasing in price and most Americans driving farther each year, it’s important to look to your driving behavior and vehicle maintenance to save you money at the pump.
There are a number of easy ways to increase your car’s fuel efficiency.
- Some drivers won’t like to hear that the easiest way to get better gas mileage is to just slow down! Faster driving, abrupt starting, stop-and-go driving and inconsistent speed are all ways to drain your tank faster. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour instead of 55 miles per hour will reduce your car’s fuel mileage by about two miles per gallon.
- Don’t let your engine idle unnecessarily. Unless you absolutely need the engine running, don’t leave your car running. It may not seem like much, but, over time, your car uses a lot of fuel going nowhere.
- Plan your driving times to avoid heavy traffic. Stop-and-go traffic is tough on your car. And try to combine most of your small trips into one larger trip. If you can combine your errands, it will save you a lot of money each year.
- Steady driving helps your car use less gasoline. Fast starts at green lights will only send you to the gas pump faster. Take your time coming off the line and drive farther.
Proper maintenance and service can play a major role in your car’s fuel mileage. A well-maintained car is a fuel-efficient car.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. This is an easy one, and it provides a double benefit. Properly inflated tires also last longer. A new set of tires can cost more than $1,000.
- Follow your vehicle’s manufacturer’s recommended service schedule. Every visit to Christian Brothers Automotive includes a complimentary Courtesy Inspection. We’ll check your car’s service schedule and recommend any items that need attention. From oil changes to transmission flushes, the critical parts of your vehicle need regular attention and service.
- Have your fuel system cleaned. When your car burns fuel, impurities can build up and create residues and debris that can cause fuel injectors to feed fuel improperly or sparkplugs to burn inefficiently. Improper fuel consumption can be dangerous for your vehicle in other ways, too. An improperly serviced fuel system is a leading cause of premature catalytic converter failure.
- We mentioned service, but this one bears mentioning again. Have your oil and filter changed every 3,000 miles or as recommended by manufacturer. This service is critical to long engine life and better fuel mileage. Schedule an appointment with your neighborhood Christian Brothers today.
- Check your car’s air filter. Your car needs to breathe. A clogged or dirty air filter limits air intake and leads to inefficient operations. (An air filter check is part of the Christian Brothers Automotive complimentary Courtesy Inspection.)