Every single driver is always looking for ways to save money on fuel, especially as prices rise and fall at the drop of a hat. The ways that you take care of your vehicle and drive your car can have a dramatic effect on how efficiently gas is used. Here are some tips to save gas and maximize your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
Before You Start the Car
Before you worry about how you are driving, plan to save gas before you leave the house. Cars should be well maintained at all times to maximize fuel efficiency. You should get regular oil changes, regular air filter changes, and spark plug replacements as necessary. Your car’s owner’s manual should have a specific maintenance schedule. If it doesn’t, Auto Stop can help you determine the best times to do your regular maintenance.
Pay attention to how many things you leave in your car on a daily basis. If you carry around lots of supplies or materials just in case, those could be costing you a lot of fuel efficiency and cutting into any gas savings you want. For every 100 pounds you put in your vehicle, your overall fuel economy decreases by a massive 1-2%. It sounds like not much, but every load you don’t feel like taking out of your car can add up to using much more gas than needed.
Start the Car
Now that you’ve optimized your vehicle, it’s time to optimize your driving. You should always drive at moderate speeds. When the light turns green, don’t slam on the gas pedal and speed away. Driving at very high speeds and quickly accelerating decreases your fuel efficiency and increases your gas station bill. The difference is much bigger than you might think—driving 65 miles per hour instead of 75 can cut your fuel use up to an amazing 20%!
When it’s time to choose a spot in the parking lot at work or when running errands, it is always tempting to get the one closest to the door. However, the smartest choice for gas savings is to park in the shade. By parking in the shade, you are minimizing the amount of fuel evaporating from your car and keeping the car cooler when you climb back in.
Don’t Do It Alone
Need help getting your car in tip-top shape to save gas and maximize fuel efficiency? Auto Stop Limited Inc. is happy to service your vehicle and make sure all of your maintenance needs are properly addressed and resolved. Contact Auto Stop Limited Inc. online or give us a call at (410) 467-7600 to get your questions answered today. To get more vehicle maintenance tips, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.