With gas prices still at historic highs, most everyone continues to feel the pinch at the pump. Prices aren’t anticipated to go much lower either so finding ways to get better gas mileage is important.
Even if you still want to enjoy traveling with family and friends or if you must hit the road and commute to work each day, have no fear, there are things you can do to help improve your fuel usage.
Check out these tips to get you started on the road to driving more efficiently.
Check Your Tires
The tires on your car play an important role in gas mileage. How worn they are and how much air is in them can make driving unsafe. Under-inflated tires can impact your steering, the rubber’s ability to grip the road and even the handling of your car. The US Department of Energy also says that each psi drop in pressure will lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent. Over-inflating them is also not wise. Check with your car’s manufacturer recommendations for tire PSI and make sure it’s being steadily maintained throughout the seasons.
If you have a heavy foot and like to lay it down on the gas pedal you might want to consider taking it easier. Gas efficiency reduces after you hit 50 mph and increases safety risks for yourself and others around you. Driving aggressively and having to stop frequently also wastes gas easily. Instead, try driving more conservatively. Plan your routes, allow ample stopping distance and accelerate with ease.
Keep Up with Routine Maintenance
Nothing helps keep your car performing at its best than routine maintenance. Taking it into a shop with experienced mechanics who know what to look for and what sounds to listen for is the best way to spot problems early on and save yourself headaches down the road. Even simply getting your oil changed on time helps by making the oil lubricating your engine cleaner and slicker. Service appointments will also remove and clean debris-clogged air filters to help your car run more efficiently.
If you’re having an issue with your car and want to get to the bottom of it, visit Innovative Restorations Inc. in Wallingford, Connecticut where we offer a full array of mechanical services from factory scheduled maintenance, A/C repair and brake services to timing belts, fluid leaks, electrical issues and suspension, and warning light diagnostics.