17 Mar Save At The Pump By Being Aware Of Your Car’s Needs
In the face of record high gas prices, the Federal Trade Commission alerts consumers about claims for fuel saving devices and additives. Most have been found to have minimal, if any, affect on fuel economy. However, you can save at the pump by keeping your engine tuned and visiting Willard’s Garage today!
Although new technologies claim to increase fuel efficiency, the most effective measures are sensible driving and maintenance. Keep your engine tuned. Studies show that a poorly tuned engine can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 to 20 percent depending on your car’s condition. Follow the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual to save fuel.
Here are some additional tips:
• Change your oil.
Clean oil reduces wear caused by friction between moving parts and removes harmful substances from the engine. Change your oil as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
• Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned.
Under inflated tires cause fuel consumption to increase by 6 percent.
• Check and replace the air filter regularly.
A clogged filter can cause up to a 10 percent increase in fuel consumption.
• Slow down!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a vehicle typically loses about one percent in fuel economy for each mile per hour over 55 m.p.h. Consider that a car which averages 30 miles per gallon at 55 m.p.h. would get only 25.5 m.p.g. at 70 m.p.h.
The mechanics at Willard’s Garage encourage you to use these tips and start saving money at the pump.