Recently, NBC-2 conducted a story about fuel-saving tips for consumers who are feeling the pain at the pump with rising cost of gas. Our own auto care technician, Steve Johnson debunks fuel-saving myths and provides car-owners with valuable tips on what really affects how far your tank of fuel will take you.
Reducing the consumption of fossil fuels seems to be on the minds of most nowadays. People are buying more fuel-efficient vehicles. Whether you are motivated by passion for environmental causes to lower your carbon footprint, or you’re just interested in saving money, here are some easy things you can do to improve your fuel mileage.
Maintain Proper Tire Pressure
Achieving optimal traction from your car tires (where their rubber meets the road) is important to safe and efficient vehicle operation. Under-inflated tires cause drag, which in turn overheats the tires, causing premature wear and in some cases catastrophic blowout – a serious safety threat. Under-inflated tires lower your gas mileage by 0.3 % per one psi(pounds per square inch) drop in all four tires. You can improve gas mileage by just over 3% just by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Proper tire inflation psi information can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual or on a sticker placed by the manufacturer on the door jam of one of your car’s front doors.
Driving Sensibly and Efficiently
How you drive can make a difference in how much fuel your car uses. Research has shown that you can save more than 30% on fuel costs on the highway and 5% in the city by not driving aggressive and avoiding fast acceleration/braking. Also, purposefully planning and combining trips saves fuel through efficient travel. Your goal should be to try and accomplish more than one thing with every trip you take in your vehicle.
Watch Your Speed
Did you know that gas mileage will decrease rapidly when a car exceeds 60 mph? You pay 25 cents per gallon more for gas every five mph’s over 60 mph of vehicle speed. Depending on the type of vehicle, engine and location, the saving range can be between 20 and 60 cents per gallon of gas.
Keep Your Engine Tuned Up
Routine and regularly scheduled maintenance of your car’s engine can prevent unnecessary breakdowns and correct minor irregularities that can steal up to 4% our your fuel efficiency. Preventing failure of major items like an engine’s oxygen sensor can improve gas mileage by as much as 40%.
If its been a while since your last tune up, or you’re not sure when your next service interval is, do not hesitate to give us a call at Terry Wynter Auto Service, 239-939-2500 or click onto our newly updated website, http://www.terrywynterauto.com/.