Updated May 20th, 2017

Leesburg, Virginia -With summer road trips and summer gas prices approaching quickly, learn how to maximize your gas mileage. Unlike the usual tips, driving slowly and not using your AC, the following tips don't inconvenience your day to day driving.  Simple preventative maintenance can ensure you get the most for your dollar spent at the pump.  

 

Drive 55

Save up to 21% on your gas expenditure when you drive 55 miles per hour as compared to driving 65 miles per hour.

 

Regularly check your tire pressure

Changes in weather/temperature and day to day driving can cause fluctuations in tire pressure.  When tires are inflated to the proper pressure, it can save you up to 4% on gas mileage.  Not only do properly inflated tires save you money at the pump, but they can also extend the life of your tires.

 

Don't Warm-Up Your Car

Have a newer vehicle? Don’t bother warming up your car in the winter; it’s not necessary with today’s vehicles.

 

Pay attention to when it's time to replace your air filters and get an oil change

When your oil and air filters are contaminated, your vehicle isn't able to function as well. A clean air filter can allow your vehicle to run more efficiently. An efficiently running engine will use less fuel and allow you to drive farther on a tank of gas.  

 

 

Schedule routine engine tune-ups

Your vehicle only achieves its best possible gas mileage if it's functioning at its best.  Regular tune-ups are the least expensive way to stop bigger problems before they start and to keep your engine running smoothly.

 

Practice conscientious driving habits

Your driving habits can also help you get better gas mileage.  By being conscious and accelerating and braking gently, and only when needed, you can get more miles per gallon of gas.

The more proactive you are about your routine car maintenance, the better your gas mileage.  The benefits of preventative maintenance don't stop with gas mileage; they can increase the safety and longevity of your vehicle.  

Published by Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto | www.hoganandsonsinc.com | Copyright May 2017 | By Sydny Atwood

*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.