Improving gas mileage and saving some green

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The way you drive can make a huge difference in your gas mileage. You have heard of the tortoise and the hare? If you are a tortoise driver you will most definitely beat the hare in good gas mileage. Please note that being a fuel-efficient driver does not mean being a dangerously-slow driver. Don’t go slower than the flow of traffic just for the sake of gas!

Some other tips include:

  • Gas up on Wednesday or early in the day. Prices are raised on Thursday in anticipation of the weekend travel and 10AM is roughly the time most stations make their price changes for the day (so that’s when they do it), according to a CEO of Dallas-based oil and gas company. Unless it is an emergency, do not buy gas Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Another key component to raising your gas mileage is keeping your vehicle in top condition. An engine that has not been maintained regularly loses horsepower with time which is bad for both performance and fuel economy. This means keeping your car maintained from top to bottom. Perform routine maintenance and oil changes when recommended, have tune-ups done at factory required intervals, check your brakes to make sure they do not drag, keep your car aligned and check your tires regularly for abnormal wear and proper inflation.

In some older cars, fuel additives exist to improve performance by removing carbon buildup from the engine. A throttle body service also does this to a greater extent but is a full-on-job that should only be done by a professional.

With regular maintenance such as oil changes, air filter changes, tire rotations and tire inflation checks, you can get the best possible mileage for your vehicle and save you money at the pump. If you want to improve your gas mileage stop by and visit Ken today at Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill or give us a call at 704-545-4597.

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