Fight skyrocketing gas prices by taking control of your vehicle’s unnecessary fuel consumption. As fuel prices continue to rise, there are some easy maintenance tips that can help make the most of your gallon and save money this summer.
The first one is easy. Please be sure that your tires are at the proper inflation. Know the proper pressure for your year, make, and model. Tire pressure should be checked weekly. Always check the tire pressure in the morning when the vehicle is cold. Proper tire inflation can save as much as two miles to the gallon.
Another way to save about 10 percent on your fuel economy is by changing your engine air filter regularly. * While you’re under the hood, inspect those spark plugs too. A lot of fuel can be wasted if just one spark plug is not firing correctly.
A tight gas cap will ensure that your fuel loss through evaporation will be at a minimum. Believe it or, last year 147 million gallons of gas evaporated because owners did not tighten the vehicle’s gas caps properly.*
The best fuel economy results from using the manufacturer recommend octane. Using the lower grade does not save money in the long run.
Do not drive aggressively and observe the speed limits. A steady, consistent pace is always best. Happy motoring!! *National Transportation and Safety Board