With gas prices continuing to rise and summer travel plans fast approaching the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has published an easy to follow list of tips to help conserve fuel and make sure your vehicle gets the best mileage possible.
Monitor tires. Under-inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels waste fuel by forcing the engine to work harder.
Remove excess weight. Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle. Less weight means better mileage.
Consolidate trips and errands. Also, try to travel when traffic is light so you can avoid stop-and-go conditions.
Keep your engine “tuned up.” Replace filters and fluids as recommended; have engine performance problems (rough idling, poor acceleration, etc.) corrected. Given today’s high-tech engines, it’s wise to have this type of work done by automobile technicians who are ASE certified in engine performance.
Use windows and air conditioning wisely. Keep windows up at highway speeds to reduce air drag. This is true even with the air conditioning on. But turn off the A/C in stop-and-go traffic to save fuel.
Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family.
Observe speed limits. Speeding decreases your miles per gallon.
Drive gently. Sudden accelerations guzzle gas. Anticipate traffic patterns ahead and adjust your speed gradually.
Additionally, keeping your vehicle well maintained with fresh oil and other fluids, is one of the best ways to improved gas mileage. Come in to your local New Mexico, Northern Arizona, and Southern Colorado Jiffy Lube today for a Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change or any of our other preventative maintenance services.
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