With the holidays just around the corner, you need to save money where you can. How about filling up your automobile less often? You may not believe us here at Oxford Auto & Tire, but you can improve your vehicle’s gas mileage if you drive a certain way. We aren’t nagging you! We are going to give you some tips to help you get the most fuel economy you can out of your car, truck, or C/SUV.
Avoid Traffic and Red Lights
It’s easier said than done to avoid traffic and red lights at times, but you can do it if you make a few adjustments. If you work for an employer that allows swing shifts, see if you can work hours other than the hours that get you stuck in rush-hour traffic. Adjust your speed on city streets so you are hitting the traffic signals on the greens. It’s easier than you might think.
Don’t Start Like a Jackrabbit
Yes, automobile commercials always boast about how fast the car can go from a dead stop, but this does not mean that you should test it. Instead of starting like a jackrabbit, start slowly and allow your vehicle to pick up speed at a gradual pace. This will save you more gasoline or diesel fuel than you realize.
Plan Your Stops to Consolidate Them
Another way to boost your vehicle’s fuel economy is to make a game plan before you hit the road. Go through your errands to determine everything you need to do. Then, see if there is a place where everything you need is in one place. If so, had to that place, park your car, and walked to your different stops.
Slow Down When You Can
Driving slower can also save you gasoline. According to AAA, most vehicle’s fuel efficiency tops off at about 50 miles per hour. You have to drive faster than this on highways, but if you slow down when you can, you’ll save money because you get more miles out of the tank.
Use Your Cruise Control in Good Weather
Driving at a consistent speed also helps you get better gas mileage. Using your cruise control will keep your speed more consistent than if you drive with your foot. The only thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t use your cruise control in inclement weather.
Keep Your Vehicle Maintained
Finally, making sure that you stick to your manufacturer’s recommended factory service schedule will help you get the gas mileage you are promised on the vehicle sticker. Preventative maintenance keeps your engine running as efficiently as possible, and this saves you gas.
We can help with the latter here at Oxford Auto & Tire in Oxford, PA, so give us a call today. We’d be happy to service your automobile so you get better gas mileage.