With the price of gas soaring, it is important to make every gallon of gas last as long as possible. Here are some tips to help you stretch your gas dollar.
1. Drive Smart
Speeding, braking, and rapid acceleration waste gas so does driving above 50 miles per hour. Driving sensibly and not like a race car driver can significantly decrease the amount of fuel that you use.
2. Check the Tires
Tires can lose about 2 pounds per square inch (psi) per month on average. When the temperature drops outside the air pressure in your tires will drop with it. Each tire that is underinflated by 10 psi reduces fuel economy by about 3.3%. Four tires that are underinflated by 10 psi, then, would reduce a vehicle's fuel economy by a substantial 10%. Tires that are not aligned properly create drag instead of rolling freely. This can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 10%. In addition, the tires will wear out more quickly. Tires that are out of balance can also cause tire wear which will result in lower gas mileage as well. Tires should be balanced and rotated according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
3. Maintain your Fuel System
Fill Your Tank Early in the Morning or Late at Night
Fuel is dispensed by volume. If you fill your tank when it is coolest outside—early in the morning or late at night and avoid the heat of the day—the fuel will be denser. As a result, you will get more gas for the same amount of money.
Replace your Air Filter
Your engine sucks in 14 million gallons of air through the filter every year. On older vehicles (pre-1999) a dirty air filter increases fuel usage by almost 10 percent ($350 per year, or 35¢ per gallon). On newer vehicles, the computer is smart enough to detect the lower airflow, and it cuts back on fuel. So your engine will lack power and pick-up. Check the filter when you change your oil and replace it at least once a year, or more if you drive in dirty, dusty conditions.
Clean your Fuel System
Over time debris and carbon can build up in your fuel injection system and clog or restrict fuel distribution. If you notice a rough feel when the vehicle is idling, decreased gas mileage, or poor performance it may be a sign that your injectors need to be cleaned.
We are happy to check your vehicle to make sure that you are getting the best mileage possible. Schedule your appointment today to start saving at the pump as soon as possible!