With the average cost of a gallon of gas remaining low, motorists should perform simple steps to improve fuel efficiency and save money.
- Engine Performance: Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of four percent.
- Tire Pressure: Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to three percent.
- Motor Oil: Improve gas mileage by one to two percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.
- Air Filters: Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.
- Gas Cap: Replacing damaged, loose or missing gas caps will stop gas from vaporizing into the air.
- Fix It: Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to www.fueleconomy.gov.
A small investment in simple and inexpensive auto care will add up to better fuel economy. In addition, modifying driving habits, such as observing the speed limit and avoiding quick stops and starts, can also increase fuel efficiency. Consolidating trips, avoiding excessive idling and removing unnecessary items from the trunk are also easy ways to lower fuel consumption.
reprinted in part from Car Care Council.