11 Feb Gas Mileage Tips:
A little bit of love and care can help your vehicle run efficiently. The sticker MPG found on most new vehicles is only effective when the vehicle is in perfect shape. With a little bit of know-how, and some attentiveness, you can achieve, or at least approach, that optimal MPG listed on the sticker at the car lot. Here’s a few suggestions…
Tire pressure is an often overlooked, but very important aspect to the safe use of and the efficient use of a vehicle. An underinflated tire can not only pose certain problems to safety, but it can be a culprit for inefficiency. An underinflated tire can decrease fuel efficiency dramatically, so it’s important to check the tire pressure regularly; check the pressure at least once every month, but more often if the temperatures fluctuate between extremes.
Always use the correct motor oil, and have it changed on a schedule, regularly. Old, dirty oil is hard on the engine of your vehicle, and the results of forgetfulness/neglectfulness will end up costing you more money in the long run than a simple oil change performed by your favorite mechanic at Willard’s Garage.
Remember to change the air filter regularly. A clogged air filter can obliterate engine efficiency. And it not only has performance benefits regarding efficiency, but it will also increase the vehicle’s physical performance; one instantly noticeable benefit is the rate at which the vehicle will accelerate.
Also, if you notice that anything has gone awry with the vehicle, get it fixed. Proactive vehicle maintenance is the number one way to keep your vehicle on the road, running reliably, and operating efficiently. Routine vehicle maintenance performed by the expert mechanics at Willard’s Garage can uncover small problems before they become much larger; early service can cost much less than invasive repair.
Consider starting a personal schedule; you can make the schedule as simple as a sheet of paper you keep folded in the glove box. Write down the dates on which you checked the pressure in the tires, when you last changed the air filter, etc. A little preventative maintenance will go a long way.