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We want to discuss How to Make Your Car More Fuel Efficient. Today regular unleaded gasoline crept up to $4.00 per gallon here in Atlanta so gas mileage is on most people’s mind.
Here are some pointers:
- Use the Correct Grade of Gas. Most European Cars are not made for low or mid-grade gas. Therefore, by using the incorrect grade of gas not only can you damage your engine but it actually diminishes fuel efficiency. Bottom line…higher grade equals better performance and therefore better mileage.
- The Correct Tire Pressure. The correct PSI that your tires need to be inflated will either appear on the fuel door or the side of the Driver’s Door. Make sure it’s correct because it creates less drag and better fuel efficiency.
- Remove heavy items from trunk. I know it sounds small but all the items in your trunk or backseat you are not using create extra weight which in turn lowers your miles per gallon.
- Drive Smooth. Pretend you have an open drink on your dash. Avoiding hard accelerations or braking saves a large amount of gas. Rather try to coast smoothly in order to save gasoline.
- Avoid the Drive-Thru. C’mon-we can all use the extra walk into the store and vehicles use a tremendous amount of gas when idling.
- Avoid Roof mounted Storage Units. The aerodynamics will make the engine work harder and therefore use more fuel.
- Drivetrain. Make sure your Suspension, Wheel Bearings, Wheel Alignment and Drive Axles are in good order. If your vehicle is not properly aligned it creates additional resistance and therefore more gas has to be used.
- Maintenance. Make sure all Filters, Spark Plugs and service related items are in good order. If not- your car has to work harder and once again uses more gas.
Hope you find these tips useful, and should help you to spend a little less time at the fuel pump.