Gas prices have been lower than many of us have ever seen, but lately, they’re on their way up again. Last year at this time, $1.75 per gallon would have seemed like a steal, but with so many of us out of work, it’s more important than every to get squeeze every mile possible of a gallon of gas.
Here’s an FYI that will help you…
PSI – or Pressure per Square Inch. The air pressure inside your car’s tires has more to do with fuel economy than you would think. According to fueleconomy.gov, under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by about 0.2%. Keep your tires inflated as recommended – usually between 32 psi to 35 psi. Your owner’s manual and sometimes a sticker in the door will tell you the specifics for your vehicle. Or just come by and ask us. We’ll check it for you, and make sure your tires are inflated properly.
OBD – Your car’s OnBoard Diagnostics is what makes the dreaded ‘check engine’ light come on. It provides a warning when systems in your vehicle aren’t working correctly. It will alert you to failing oxygen sensors or clogged fuel injectors, both of which can lower fuel efficiency.
10W-30. Oil lubricates your car to make it run more smoothly – with less effort from the engine. If you are using the wrong kind of oil, or if your oil or oil filter are dirty, your engine has to work harder, and will use more gasoline. (Read our primer on how to check your oil.)
MPH. We all know that driving at higher speeds causes you to use more fuel. Accelerating too quickly, excessive braking, and even driving too slowly can do the same thing! Your car is designed for best fuel efficiency when it is in a higher gear, so you should try to get the lowest RPM in the highest gear. When stopping and starting, pretend a grandmother is sitting in the front seat drinking tea. Your job is to not spill the tea. 😉
AC. One of the biggest energy hogs in your car is your Air Conditioner. We’re not suggesting that you go without your AC or that you roll down your windows, but early in the morning or late in the evening, you might be able to get by just with your car’s fan.
Got questions? We’re here to help! You can send us an SOS – or just give us a call, so you can get the best ROI from all those $$S that you put into your tank!