School is out and summer is here, for must of that means it is time for a summer road trip. Don’t let the rising gas prices get in the way of your vacation.
Give these gas-saving tips a try.
Schedule your next appointment with Borst Automotive to ensure your car is fuel-efficient before traveling.
Do you feel the need, the need for speed? You could actually be costing yourself more money on gas. For every 5 mph over 50 mph your fuel economy goes down 7%.
So how does that affect your bottom line? For every 5 mph over 50 mph, you’re paying an additional $0.20 per gallon of gas, estimates the DOE.
Don’t Strap Cargo to the Roof
Sure, we would all love to extra space inside the car during a road trip. But just by adding roof rails to your car, it can decrease your fuel economy by 8% in the city and up to 25% on the highway reports the DOE.
Turn Off Your Engine When Parked
As hard as it can be to sit in your car in the sweltering heat waiting for your friend to come out of QT, you shouldn’t idle. Turn off the engine.
Idling can use ¼ to ½ gallon of gas per hour states the DOE, and that’s with the A/C off! Keeping it on can waste even more, up to 3 cents of gas per minute.
Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
Underinflated tires not only cause uneven wear but it can also lower your gas mileage. For every 1 psi drop, it can lower your gas mileage by about 0.2%. It doesn’t sound like a lot but for every 5 psi it is off, that equates to a 1% decrease in fuel economy.
To make sure your tires are properly inflated, check the sticker on the inside of the driver’s side door jamb.
Use the Correct Oil
Using the wrong motor oil can reduce lubrication and shorten engine life. But it can also reduce your fuel economy by 1-2%.
Also decreasing your gas mileage is old, dirty oil. The thicker the oil, the more energy it takes to pump through your fuel vehicle. The more energy that is use means less fuel efficiency. So, make sure you get your oil changed regularly, especially if you are going to be going on a long road trip.
Keep Up with Maintenance
Regular maintenance checks can help you to avoid fuel economy problems due to worn spark plugs, low fluids, or even dragging brakes. According to the DOE, fixing a serious problem such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40%!