5 Tips to Help You Save at the Pump

As the price of gas creeps up, keeping an eye on your tank becomes more and more important. Luckily, there are a couple easy things you can do to help keep that gas budget down and make sure you are making every penny count. Here are a few ways to get the most out of your gas mileage.

Cruise Control is your new best friend
Did you know cruise control not only helps you keep a steady speed, but also stops your from wasting gas? Utilizing cruise control whenever you can improves gas mileage by regulating your maximum speed and maintaining a constant pace.

 

Turn down the air
Pumping the A/C at full blast puts extra strain on your engine and makes it work a little harder. Surprisingly it can drain 10-15% of your fuel when temperatures reach 80 degrees or higher. The best strategy is to save the cool blast of AC for when you really need it. 

Tune your engine
It can sometimes be a hassle to bring your vehicle to the dealership for service, but in the long run it's worth it. Repairing a car that's not tuned can save gas mileage by an average of 4%. Replacing a malfunctioning oxygen sensor can improve your MPG up to 40%.

Drive smart and safe
It’s always best to keep a cool head and try not to resort to some poor and unsafe driving habits. Things like rapidly accelerating from a stop or stopping short and slamming on the brakes a the last second. Even things like unnecessarily sharp turns and constantly weaving in and out of traffic lanes can dramatically reduce your fuel economy. At highway speeds, they can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 33%! 

Keep an eye on your tire pressure
Tires with low air pressure are unsafe and will cost you in your quest to save on fuel. Keeping air in your tires will make your drive a little easier and help you save. Buy a cheap tire gauge and check all four wheels every now and then to make sure you’re in good shape.

If you have any questions about fuel economy, or need an engine tune up of your own, stop by Nalley Toyota Roswell and let our talented service team help make your car save money at the pump.

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