Next Monday is Memorial Day, and for most Americans this means the unofficial start of summer. Many of us will dust off our swim trunks, bathing suits, and sunglasses and load up our vehicles for the first great road trip of the year. It is no secret that as the temperature outside rises, so too do prices at the gas pump. According to AAA, since the start of May alone prices have risen by 5 to 9 cents a gallon throughout the nation. With AAA forecasting 33 million Americans traveling this weekend, gas stations throughout the country are looking to cash in on the increased demand for gasoline.
While we certainly cannot control gas prices, there are several simple tips that you can follow to ensure your car is getting the most gas mileage possible. Here are 6 simple tips to make sure you save as much cash at the pump as possible.
- Tune-up your vehicle
Keeping your car properly tuned up can increase your gas mileage by up to 4 percent.
- Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
Not only will this increase gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent, It will also increase the lifespan of your tires.
- Change Your Oil
Many people use higher viscosity oil for winter months, and it is advised to change your oil before summer begins. This can increase gas mileage by 1-2 percent; not to mention keeping your car’s engine running properly for all that traveling you will be doing.
- Change Your Air Filter
Replacing a clogged or dirty air filter (especially on older vehicles) can improve your gas mileage and your cars performance and acceleration.
- Check your Gas Cap
A damaged, lose, or missing gas cap allows gas to vaporize into the air, literally throwing the money you spent on gas away. In addition, a dysfunctional gas cap is often a cause for a check engine light, and is a quick cheap fix.
- Fix Problems with Your Car
Now is the time to address any serious maintenance concerns you may have with your car. Be it spark plugs, brake pads, or anything in between. Something as simple as a malfunctioning oxygen sensor can lower your gas mileage by up to 40 percent.
Of course another simple way to increase your fuel efficiency is to simply change your driving habits. Traveling at higher speeds and braking and accelerating frequently and suddenly will take its toll on your gas gauge and find you at the gas station more often than usual. Be sure to cut back on any idling as well; and don’t pack any additional items you will not need, as the more weight your car/truck is carrying or pulling, the more gas your vehicle will use. You can also be sure to plan your trip accordingly to avoid road detours and traffic that will consume a lot of time and gas. Be sure to check out http://www.fueleconomy.gov/for additional information.
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