Happy unofficial beginning of summer! With warmer weather on tap, a road trip might be on your mind! I know I’m always up for a good drive: I’ll bring some good tunes, some good snacks, and – hopefully – some sunny weather! Another thing you might be considering is optimizing your fuel economy. Whether you’re heading out for a road trip, or just a trip down the road to Costco, we all want to get the most out of what we pay for our fuel. So, what are a few simple tricks to make sure our gas mileage is the best it can be?
Check Your Tire Pressure
Are your tires inflated to their proper pressure? If not, an under-inflated tire takes more fuel to move. Even if your tires look fine upon visual inspection, it’s a good idea to use a gauge to make sure everything’s good before heading out on a long drive.
Don’t Use Your A/C When You Don’t Need It
Using air conditioning asks more of the engine, which creates more work, and uses more fuel. Of course, if you’re driving mid-summer, find a balance between fuel economy and personal comfort!
Get Rid Of The Extra Junk In That Trunk
Extra weight consumes extra fuel when moving the car. Yes, on a road trip, you want to bring stuff! Just don’t bring your whole house.
Make Sure You Have Routine Oil Changes Performed
Clean oil means that you no longer have dirty oil running through the engine. A cleaner engine performs more efficiently!
Watch Your Speed
I almost didn’t mention this one… ha ha… but unfortunately, high speeds – and too many fast starts – can consume more fuel.
Come on by Daltons for any or all of the above! (Well… maybe not ridding of the junk in the trunk. But engine tune-ups and oil changes! Anything that helps you get on the road and enjoy life!)