Chapman Mobil Auto Repair of Orange is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your cars. Here are some important Gas Saving Tips:
Virtually all of your vehicle’s mechanical systems can affect fuel efficiency in one way or another if not properly maintained. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for engine, cooling and ignition system, brake, drivetrain and emission control system checks.
Check & Replace Air Filters Regularly
Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your car’s gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. Your car’s air filter keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your engine.
Fuel Economy Benefit: up to 10%.
Keep Tires Properly Inflated
You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. At your request Brake Masters will rotate all 4 tires and set air pressure, at no charge, with any paid service.
Fuel Economy Benefit: up to 3%.
Use the Recommended Grade of Motor Oil
Use the recommended grade of motor oil to maximize fuel economy. Look for the “Energy Conserving” label that ensures friction-reducing additives inside.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 1-2%.
Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.10 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 7-23%.
Avoid Excessive Acceleration
Speeding, rapid acceleration and rapid braking all waste gas – and curb mileage by as much as 33 percent at highway speeds. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 5-33%.
Avoid Excessive Idling
Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.
Use Cruise Control
Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.
Use Overdrive Gears
When you use overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.
Sources: US Department of Energy, FuelEconomy.gov, Federal Trade Commission, US Environmental Protection Agency