Driving less isn’t the only answer to rising gas prices. We can’t control the price of gas, but we can control how much gas we use. The most inexpensive vehicle maintenance procedures often make the biggest difference!
“Fuel consumption is directly related to vehicle care and driver behavior. Both can have a significant impact on how much motorists pay at the pump,” says The Car Care Institute.
They offer these simple steps to save gas:
Keep it in tune, increase gas mileage by 4 percent (spark plugs alone can save 2 miles per gallon). What’s more, bad plugs, wires etc. put a strain on far more expensive electronic ignition components, from coils and fuel metering sensors to the ignition module its self!
Keep tires properly inflated, improve mileage 3 percent while dramatically improving tire life.
Replace air filters and save as much as 14 percent. These usually pay for themselves very quickly.
Change your oil. Gain another mile per gallon and prolong the life of your engine.
Check the gas cap. Damaged, loose or missing gas caps allow gas to vaporize into the air. These are also the cause of most “Service Engine Soon” lights we see at Ace
Obey the speed limit. Mileage drops rapidly above 60.
Avoid idling. Idling gets zero miles per gallon. Warm up your vehicle no more than one or two minutes.
Quick starts and stops rob you of precious fuel. Aggressive driving lowers fuel mileage as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.
Consolidate trips. Several short trips, from a cold start, use twice as much fuel as one longer multi-purpose trip.
Don’t haul junk, or bodies, in the trunk. An extra 100 pounds reduces mileage by 1 to 2 percent. Why do you think gangsters always seem so grumpy?
“Some think they are saving money putting off maintenance. What they don’t realize is that neglecting your vehicle can cost a lot more. Keep your car running efficiently and modify your driving behavior to improve fuel economy” Says The Car Care Institute.