Gas Saving Tips for the Summer
It is estimated that the average American household spends nearly $3,300 is vehicle energy costs each year. With the summer travel season nearly upon us, below are ten tips to keep more money in your pocket by way of proper vehicle maintenance and smart driving.
1.) Properly inflate Tires. Ensuring that tires are properly inflated can increase mileage by up to 3.3%, or roughly $61 a year. Adequate inflation also increases tire longevity and helps to keep the driver and passenger’s safe.
2.) Tune up. Bringing a car in for a tune up that has not seen a mechanic for a while or has failed an emissions test can increase gas mileage by an average of 4%, or about $82 a year. Getting a serious maintenance problem fixed up, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can increase mileage by as much as 40%, a potential savings of over $1,300!
3.) Get the Right Oil. It is strongly advised to use the manufacturer’s suggested grade of motor oil or risk decreasing gas mileage by 1-2%, throwing away up to $40 annually.
4.) Unpack & Unload. Remove unnecessary items in the vehicle’s trunk. For every extra 100 pounds hauled around, this reduces mileage by up to 2%, wasting $40 a year. Roof racks also great reduce fuel economy by 5% or $98 per year.
5.) Keep a Steady Pace. Aggressive driving, excessive speeding, quick acceleration and jerky braking can decrease gas mileage at highway speeds, wasting about $980 a year. City driving or irregular driving decreased mileage about 5% around town, wasting about $98/year.
6.) Avoid Speeding. Driving over 60 miles per hour causes mileage to rapidly worsen. It has been noted that each five mph over 60 is likened to adding 31 cents per gallon to the price of gas.
7.) Avoid Idling. Idling wastes a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size, and gets the driver a big fat 0 miles per gallon. The driver is much better off stopping then restarting the engine.
8.) Use Cruise Control & Overdrive Gear. These two devices save gas and money by reducing engine wear.
9.) Think Ahead. One long trip as opposed to many small ones is time saving and can double fuel efficiency.
10.) Stop with the traffic! If and when possible, drive at non-peak traffic times. The driver will reduce stress and save gas money.
Source: Earth Techling