How you drive matters
The manner in which you drive can have a direct impact on your car’s fuel economy. Of course, you could just drive less. But if you’re like most drivers, that’s not always an option. If you can’t control how much you drive, the next best thing is to control how you drive. Keeping steady pressure on the gas pedal and maintaining the speed limit without driving aggressively will help maximize your car’s efficiency. How much pressure you put on the gas pedal determines how much gas enters the cylinders: more pressure, more fuel used. Cruise control is a great way to maintain consistent speed and fuel consumption. We have to agree, driving with the windows down is great on a warm day, but it creates a dragging effect, causing your engine to work harder and use more gas. On the other hand, cold winter mornings will entice you to idle your car’s engine for a while in the morning to keep you comfortable, but this uses more fuel that could be used getting you to your destination.
When it’s time to visit the pump
When it’s time to fill up, there are a few ways you can save. An important thing to keep in mind is that gas stations at highway rest areas and those that are right off the highway will oftentimes charge more than stations a few miles from the highway. Also, consider buying gas early in the morning or later at night. At these times of day, gas is colder, which makes it denser. The day of the week can also play a role in how much you spend. Gas stations normally raise the prices on the weekends as more people will be traveling. Therefore, the middle of the week is the optimal time to get gas as prices have often lowered from the weekend price.
Fuel efficiency starts under the hood
At some point in your driving years, you’ve probably had someone reminding you to get your oil changed. And while there are many benefits to regular oil changes, they increase your fuel economy. An engine circulating old, dirty oil doesn’t get the proper lubrication to run smoothly, thus working harder. Meanwhile, new, clean oil provides better lubrication for the engine’s moving parts, keeping it running smoothly and efficiently. Engine tune-ups are another great way to increase your fuel economy. During a tune-up, the technician will inspect the belts, hoses, spark plugs, and filters and replace them if necessary. One part that is often overlooked that plays a big role in fuel economy is the engine air filter. When it is clogged with dirt and debris, it becomes obstructed, which prevents the engine from getting the airflow it needs. This causes the engine to work harder to keep up with the power being requested by the pressure on the gas pedal. Lastly, maintaining proper tire pressure also plays a role. When tires are underinflated, they will cause a dragging effect, also causing the engine to work harder.
Pinckney DCJR is here to help!
While driving habits will absolutely affect your fuel economy, the most surefire way to save on gas is to make sure your vehicle is running in peak condition. When your vehicle is serviced at the service center here at Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, it’s worked on by certified technicians with years of training and experience. Whether you need a routine oil change, a tune-up, or mechanical repairs, the technicians in our service center have the knowledge, skills, and tools to keep your car running smoothly and efficiently for years into the future. If it’s time for your next auto service, then we invite you to reach out to our service center to schedule your next appointment. You can reach us by phone or by using our online scheduler right here
on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!