Saving on gas mileage will help save money on gas.
Whether you are driving across town or across the country, everybody wants to save gas dollars. The estimated gas mileage for your vehicle is just that, an estimate. There are many things that contribute to that estimate, like how you drive, maintain your vehicle and when, how and where you full up.
Here are some tips to help you get the most mileage out of your gas and save gas dollars this summer.
- Fill up your tank early or late in the day. Gas is cooler earlier in the day, and more dense. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less at the pump. So in the warmer months, try filling up early or late in the day.
- Charge it. Many credit cards offer cash back for gas purchases and some offer rebates. Chevron is one of them.
- Whether in your neighborhood or on a California road trip, find the current gas prices at the G&M Oil gas stations near you on their free app. This app also provides deals and coupons available to save more money. Download G&M app here.
- Manage Your Speed. Manage your speed and conserve fuel by using your cruise control. Gas mileage decreases at speeds above 60 miles per hour.
- Lighten your load.
- Remove excess weight from the trunk. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk can reduce a typical car's fuel economy by up to 2%.
- Avoid hauling cargo on your roof as well as it increases aerodynamic drag and lowers gas economy.
- Be mindful of idling. If you’re sitting in your car and not moving for several minutes, turn your engine off. Idling can drain up to 1/2 gallon of gas per hour, depending on engine size & A/C use.
- Don’t drive aggressively. Rapid acceleration and sudden braking wastes fuel. Sensible driving can help improve gas economy from 15-30% on the highways and 10-40% in stop-and-go traffic; it also makes the roads safer for you and everyone else.
- Keep your engine tuned. Engines should to be tuned regularly. If properly tuned, you will use less gas.
- Keep your tires aligned and properly inflated. Properly aligned and inflated tires can not only prolong the life of your tires, it can increase gas mileage and improve handling. Check your owner's manual for the proper level of inflation. It's best to check the tire pressure when the tires are cold; if you've been on the road a while, the tires heat up and the internal pressure increases.
Keeping your car in good running condition is even more important now with the hike in gas taxes recently implemented in California. Hillside Auto Repair’s Scheduled Maintenance Service and Customer Care Reminder Program will help you identify what needs to be done to improve your gas mileage and help you save money on gas. Start saving gas dollars today!
Call Hillside Auto Repair to schedule your vehicle's checkup at 310-373-7676 or schedule an appointment online: