More tips on getting better gas mileage

Posted October 12th, 2009 by admin and filed in Car Care Tips, Mileage Tips

In the last post we covered some easy things you can do to improve your gas mileage. This blog will provide even more simple ideas to keep in mind, and hopefully keep more cash in your wallet at the gas pump.

Eliminate Unnecessary Weight
Lightening the load in your car can actually lighten the load on your wallet at the pump. For every 100 pounds of stuff you carry in your car, it reduces your fuel economy by 2%. A little junk in your truck can cost you five cents per gallon on your next fill up.

Avoid Idling
You get 0 mpg when you let your engine idle. Larger car engines are the worst for this. When you add running your A/C in the hot summer months, you can almost watch the gas gauge drop when you idle.

Use Your Cruise and Overdrive Gears
Setting your vehicle’s cruise control allows your car to maintain a steady speed and engine revolutions per minute (RPM). It is much more accurate than manual control and can be helpful in avoiding an expensive speeding ticket! When on long stretches of road like a highway or the interstate, be sure your transmission is in overdrive. This allows your vehicle to maintain a steady speed and the engine to run at lower engine RPM’S.

Use Recommended Motor Oil
It is possible to improve your vehicle’s gas mileage by one to two percent by simply using the manufacturer’s recommended motor oil. It is also important to assure that the oil is not too old or overly used (high mileage). Your vehicle operator’s manual is an excellent source of information about type / grade of motor oil, as well as the recommended replacement interval.

Knowledge Is Power – Women’s Car Care Seminar
Ladies, do you still feel awkward under the hood of your car? Terry Wynter Auto Service Center will host two free car care seminars for women led by co-owner Kay Wynter. Titled “Knowledge is Power,” the seminars will take place at the Fort Myers shop, located at 3811 Fowler St. on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The seminar is designed to enhance women’s understanding of vehicle maintenance requirements such as checking oil levels and tire pressure. Wynter and a master technician will teach attendees how to troubleshoot common problems, enhance road safety and manage their vehicle service needs. The seminar will cover everything from how to sense potential problems under the hood, to tips on how to communicate with service advisors. For more information or to register for the seminar, call 239-939-2500, ext 10. Reservations are required as seating is limited.