Gas Prices Got You Down?

Posted by John Eimer on

With gas prices soaring in the country here are some tips on how to improve the gas mileage in your vehicle.

  1. Keep your tires at the correct pressure. If your vehicles tires are underinflated, it could be costing you at the pump. You will want to get ahold of a Tire Pressure Gauge and make sure that your tires are inflated according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Those can be found on the driver’s door pillar.
  2. Keep your tires in alignment. If your tires are out of alignment, not only will it wear them out quicker, but it costs you at the pump as well. Having your tires out of alignment causes drag which in turns decreases your MPG.
  3. Make sure that your spark plugs are in good working order. When a spark jumps the gap between two electrodes, it actually burns off a small amount of metal from each one. Over time, that gap grows to the point where the spark can no longer make the jump. When this happens your gas mileage can be reduced significantly.
  4. Be sure to replace your air filter. If you have not checked your air filter in a while, now may be a good time to do so. A dirty air filter can cost you as much as 10% in MPG. You will want to make sure that your air filter is replaced a minimum of once a year. If you are driving in dusty conditions frequently, you will want to replace it more often.
  5. SLOW DOWN!! Quick acceleration in stop-and-go driving costs you typically 20% in gas mileage. Try your best to accelerate at a slower rate if possible, to keep your MPG up. When driving over 55 MPH your vehicles gas mileage goes down quickly. The faster you go the lower your mileage gets!

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