No matter what the gas prices are, here are some good things to know. Even economy cars can guzzle more than their share if their engines have been neglected. Beyond squandering fuel, poorly maintained engines are notorious for corrupting the environment. Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by over 4%.
Drive Sensibly - Aggressive driving (speed, rapid acceleration, and hard braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.
Observe the Speed Limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph. Each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.23 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit not only improves fuel economy, but it is also safer. S-L-O-W D-O-W-N
Avoid Excessive Idling - Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than cars with smaller engines.
Use Cruise Control - Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.
Use Overdrive Gears - When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.
Clean Out the Junk - Clean out the junk in your trunk and car. The EPA says for every 100 pounds of junk you clean out of your trunk, you can save 2% in fuel.
Save Money - Fuel economy saves you money every time you fill up. The owner of a 40 mpg vehicle will spend $1237.50 less each year on gasoline than the owner of a 20 mpg vehicle. If you own your car for 4 years, the 40 mpg vehicle will save $4,950, assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.30 per gallon.
Lewes Automall is here to help you with all of your automotive needs and we know routine maintenance is a big part of that. Let our professionally trained and certified technicians help you extend your current vehicle's life.