Getting Good Gas Mileage
Summers mean vacations and long road trips. The open road is waiting, but your wallet may not be ready for the uptick in gas prices. You want to know how you save money and gas as you travel. There are many myths about what you can do to save gas. Some say to drive without the AC, while others state you need to drive at or below the speed limit. There are so many conflicting stories. The technicians here at Matthey Automotive in Collingswood, New Jersey, are here to give you the facts.
Keep up with Service
Staying on top of oil changes and routine auto repair will help in saving gas mileage. An oil leak or old oil can reduce fuel efficiency. These issues cause your engine to work harder, using more fuel. It is important to check when your last oil change was and get it into the shop for a change if it’s overdue.
The Road is Not a Race Track
Aggressive driving uses up fuel quickly. Speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and sudden stops will use up more fuel. Not only are you putting others and yourself at risk with dangerous driving, but you will also be straining your wallet. There isn’t a trophy for aggressive driving. Slow down and drive the speed limit. Limit risky maneuvers when you drive.
Keeping your tires inflated to their proper level will go a long way in saving fuel. The Department of Energy states you can save up to 33% on fuel by having the correct tire pressure. If your tire pressure is low, your car will need more fuel to move. Low-pressure tires are also risky to drive on, as they can blow out. Bring your car by and we will be happy to check your tire pressure.
Stop the Idle
Letting your vehicle’s engine idle is not a good idea to save fuel. Parking and letting the engine run will use up unnecessary fuel. If you are running the air conditioning at the same time, you are wasting more gas. An engine is meant to move your car, not sit still. It’s a temptation during the summer months, but you will feel the effects at the gas pump.
Our technicians at Matthey Automotive in Collingswood, New Jersey, want you to get the most out of your vehicle. We know the value of saving a dollar and of conserving your fuel. Contact us to know more about how to save on summer gas mileage.