Gas prices have done some major see-sawing over the past few months…but the good news is it’s been a steady downtrend for the past few weeks. If you’re the prudent type…regardless of current trends…and want to squeeze every drop from every gallon you can…the Car Care Council will reward you with some simple and inexpensive car maintenance ideas that can stretch your dollar at the pump and go a long way toward protecting the environment.
If you’re the type that just wants things to work…and aren’t terribly mechanically inclined, here’s the bottom line: gasoline consumption is directly related to maintaining your vehicle. In other words, how much gas you use can be greatly impacted by how well you take care of your car. So if and when gas prices start rising again…you can fight back before it actually happens by tuning up your vehicle now. Better car maintenance = improved fuel economy = money saved at the pump. It’s that simple.
Here are the top six car maintenance recommendations by the non-profit Car Care Council…to help you put dollars back in your pocket.
- Fix It – Got a serious maintenance issue… a defective oxygen sensor for example? Replacing it can increase gas mileage as much as 40 percent (FuelEconomy.gov).
- Tune-Up – Good old fashioned advice worth 4 percent: Keep your car properly tuned upr for better gas mileage.
- Motor Oil – Use the manufacturer recommended grade of motor oil…it’s worth 1-2 percent.
- Tire Pressure – A monthly tire pressure check is worth up to 3.3 percent improved gas mileage.
- Air Filters – If air filters are dirty and clogged, your car can’t breathe to burn gas efficiently. Replacing them improves acceleration, overall performance…AND fuel efficiency.
Want to take fuel efficiency to the next level on top of vehicle maintenance? OK…be aware of and improve these driving habits:
- Drive the speed limit
- Make smoother stops and starts
- Consolidate trips
- Avoid excessive idling and…
- Remove unnecessary junk in the trunk