Prep Your Car For Rising Gas Prices This Summer

Summer is the time for travel. Whether you drive the environmentally-friendly Toyota Prius or the gas-guzzling Hummer Truck, following the below steps will help to ensure your car is utilizing its fuel intake to its maximum efficiency.

  1. Service your vehicle regularly. A poorly tuned engine uses up to 50% more fuel and produces up to 50% more emissions than one that is running properly.
  2. Avoid aggressive driving. Quick starts and abrupt stops can increase fuel consumption by 40%.
  3. Drive posted speed limits. You can improve your gas mileage 10-15% by driving at 55mph rather than 65mph.
  4. Utilize cruise control. This feature saves on fuel by helping your car maintain a steady speed.
  5. Avoid idling your vehicle. If you’re going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds (with the exception of traffic) turn off the engine.
  6. Check Tires. An underinflated tire can increase fuel consumption by as much as 6%. Be sure to check your tire pressure, as it will change with rising temperatures.
  7. Remove Snow Tires. Their heavy weight will lower your fuel economy.
  8. Clean undercarriage. Caked-on gunk will make your engine and transmission run hotter because heat has a harder time escaping through the bottom of the car. (DIY Tip: Use a water hose or high-pressure cleaning system)
  9. Change Air Filter. Over winter, your car’s air filter can become clogged with salt and thick debris. Replacing a dirty or clogged filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.
  10. Use A/C sparingly. A car’s air conditioner on a hot summer day can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10% in the city. On the highway, your A/C may be a more efficient option due to the wind resistance caused by open windows and sunroof.

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