A fuel efficient is important. As gas prices start to rise, Minnesotan drivers like you are feeling the pinch at the pump. You may have noticed that the current gas prices are enough to break your budget. While we can’t control the price of gas, the one thing we can control is how efficiently our cars are running. There are definitely some simple steps you can take to make each fill up last longer and get you driving father.

Check your tire pressure

Your tires not only ensure safe driving, they also contribute to fuel efficiency. When your tires are not properly inflated, they can decrease fuel efficiency by 3%. While this might seem like much, this can add up over time. To improve your fuel efficiency, plan on checking your tire pressure on a monthly basis to ensure your tires are properly inflated.

Check your front end alignment so it’s efficient

Spring is basically pothole season. If you’ve had any recent run-ins with a pothole or hit a huge bump, your front end could be out of alignment. When your car is out of alignment, your gas mileage can decrease by up to 10%. Signs your car is out of alignment are pulling to one side when driving, shaking when driving at high speeds, or a little extra bounce when hitting a bump. If you notice any of these symptoms, having your alignment checked out can get you saving money at the pump in no time.

Check your trunk

If you’re one of those people that throws everything in the trunk, you might want to rethink your strategy. The heavier your car is, the harder it will need to work which can affect your fuel efficiency.  Did you know that for every 100 lbs of items you store in your trunk, your fuel consumption goes up by 1-2%? If you’re ready to save on gas and go longer in between fill ups, storing those heavy items in your garage instead is a good idea.

A Fuel Efficient Car

You may have heard or even assumed that a higher octane gas will lead to greater fuel efficiency. Filling up with a higher octane when your car doesn’t need it will simply cost more without any added benefit. It’s a good idea to check what octane level your car really needs. If your car requires 87 octane fuel, filling up with 89 or 91 octane won’t increase your fuel efficiency. While we’re talking about filling up, it’s always better to keep your tank above ¼ tank full. When your tank gets below that, your fuel pump has to work harder which leads to a decrease in fuel efficiency.

Check your idling time

You may be tempted to let your car idle while you’re waiting for your friend, checking your messages, or even waiting for your next appointment. But did you know that your car consumes ½ a gallon of gas for every hour of idling? Consider rolling down your windows and enjoying the beautiful spring weather instead.

Check your AC usage

When it comes to those dog days of summer, using your AC prematurely and when it’s fairly nice out can decrease your fuel efficiency. For city driving where you are doing a lot of stopping and starting, keeping your windows open and turning off your AC can increase your fuel efficiency. As far as highway driving goes, keeping your windows rolled down can reduce your fuel efficiency by 10%.

Check your car maintenance schedule & have an efficient car

Your car can burn up to 30% more fuel if proper maintenance is not regularly performed on your vehicle. Scheduling regular maintenance can keep your car running efficiently all year long and can include checking your tire pressure, your front end alignment, replacing your air filter (which can help increase fuel efficiency), and other routine checks to ensure fuel efficiency.

If you’re ready to start saving money at the pump, and stretching that full tank of gas, then these 7 steps will help. Our team is ready to help you get your car in shape for fuel efficiency this spring. Simply make an appointment and we’ll check to make sure your car is running more efficiently no matter where you drive it.