The price at the pump is a real kicker these days with fuel costs higher than they’ve ever been before. Our wallets are all collectively feeling it. To help ease the pain, we’ve created a list of things you can do to simultaneously stretch your dollar and maximize your fuel.

Use the Correct Engine Oil

When it comes to oil, those with a lower viscosity decrease the friction in the engine. Decreased friction equates to better fuel efficiency. So next time you get your oil changed, ask about fuel-efficient synthetic oil options. While this doesn’t save a ton of money, every penny counts right now.

Tire Pressure

Lower tire pressure creates more resistance on the roadways and can also shorten the overall lifespan of your tires. This can reduce your fuel efficiency by nearly 4%. Instead, get in the habit of checking your tire pressure monthly. Make the numbers match whatever your manufacturer recommends.

Reduce Unnecessary Weight

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but the lighter your vehicle is, the more fuel-efficient it will be. Take out all the dead weight and unnecessary cargo. It’s a great excuse to finally clean out the trunk.

Reduce Air Resistance

Bike racks and ski racks are great accessories to have, but they can reduce your fuel efficiency by up to 20% on the freeway. They create drag and negatively impact the aerodynamics of your vehicle. It’s best to only have them on your car when in use.

Switch Off Air Conditioning and Heating

Unfortunately, air conditioning and heating are large contributors to lowered fuel efficiency. Instead, opt for opening your windows if it’s hot out or dressing warmer in the winter months. However, if you just can’t do it, and you need the A/C then recirculate the air to maximize the benefits.

Cruise Control

On long and straight stretches, cruise control can help with mileage. However, for hilly and curvy roads, it’s better to switch it off. When ascending a hill, slow down your speed. While descending, allow gravity to do its job and ease off the gas pedal.

Traffic Lights

Did you know if your vehicle idles for longer than 10 minutes, it can waste up to 1 cup of fuel? While at traffic lights, we recommend shutting off your engine if you’re idling for longer than 30 seconds.

Avoid Sudden Maneuvers

Sudden maneuvers such as slamming on the breaks, constantly having to stop and go, or even rapidly accelerating are all terrible for your mileage. Instead, keep a good following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This way you can keep a steady momentum.

Drive in the Correct Gear

The gear you’re in and how you shift does matter for fuel efficiency. When you’re driving at a higher rpm, your engine is burning through more fuel. So in order to get the most out of your gas when driving manual, work on smooth and fast transitions for shifting.

Plan Your Trips

Gone are the days of running one errand and then heading home. Instead, map out everything you need to do and see if you can get it all done in one trip.

If you have questions or concerns about how your vehicle is driving on the road please call us

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