Gas is expensive why not make sure you’re getting the most out of every tank. Some simple maintenance steps and changes to your driving habits can improve mileage, safety and help protect the environment.
Here are some tips for routine maintenance that will improve mileage save you money and help the environment.
• Changing your air filter every 12,000 miles mote often if you live in a sandy or dusty area. You can also take the air filter out and shake the dirt out of it periodically in between changes, it is easy to remove and reinstall.
• Add a fuel cleaner to your tank every 3,000 miles to removes deposits that can cause problems including poor fuel economy.
• Only use the recommended fuel octane level for your vehicle. Premium costs more and may actually reduce your fuel efficiency and using a lower than recommended octane level can cause misfiring and even overheating.
• Keep your tires properly inflated your tires properly inflated. Under inflated tires cause you to loose about one mile per gallon in mileage.
• Make sure your gas cap is not defective, faulty seal can cause fuel to evaporate from your tank.
In addition to performing simple maintenance, changing your driving habits will also improve your vehicle’s gas mileage and your safety on the road.
• Avoid quick starts and sudden stops.
• Combine errands whenever possible to reduce the number of short trips taken on a cold engine.
• Drive slower, gas mileage decreases significantly at speeds above 60 miles per hour.
By keeping your vehicle running properly and making a few small changes in the way you drive, you will save money, protect the environment and increase satiety for yourself and other on our roads.