Going to regular scheduled maintenances is important to help keep the vehicle in the best condition possible. We can inspect the vehicle for any parts that are damaged or worn and need to be replaced. Having regular inspections can help provide you with a safe and reliable vehicle as you drive.

 

Change your driving habits

 

To help get better mileage, a change in driving habits may be in order. The easiest thing to change is the speed that you travel. While going fast can be tempting, it can decrease your mileage as you drive. Driving sixty miles per hour instead of seventy miles per hour can save you two to four miles per gallon on your trip. This can add up to huge savings over time. It is also important to not accelerate too quickly or slam on the brakes. Instead, try to anticipated stoplights and signs. Rapid accelerating or braking can waste fuel, as well as causing wear and tear on the brakes. Keeping the windows up can also help to provide better fuel efficiency. Having the windows down can create aerodynamic drag that can cause the engine to work harder.

 

Have your vehicle well maintained

 

Inspect the air pressure of the tires on a regular basis. The tires should be inflated to the amount recommended in the vehicle owner’s manual. If the tires are underinflated, there could be concern for a blowout when you travel. Tires that are overinflated can pick up sharp objects on the road and puncture the tire. Improperly inflated tires can also cause uneven wear on the tire, resulting in the need to replace them sooner than necessary. Also make sure to have the air filter inspected and changed as recommended. Air filters that are clean can save up to ten percent on fuel costs. Another beneficial thing you can do is to remove any unneeded weight you might have in the vehicle or trunk. A worn part can cause poor fuel mileage and may have the potential to cause damage to other parts. We can inspect it and replace any part that has become worn or even damaged.

 

Alter your driving mentality

 

If you have to go on errand runs, try to combine them into one trip. Going out two or three times a day can cause wear and tear on your vehicle, as well as resulting in poor fuel mileage. Go to the stores all at once to reduce the starting, driving short distances, and stopping of the vehicle. If the stores are fairly close to one another, walk from one store to the other to help save on fuel. Also, when filling up with fuel, try to do it in the mornings or the coolest part of the day. Fuel is denser when the temperatures are cooler out. Since the fuel pumps measure by volume, you will get more for your money if you fill when it is cold.

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