How to Maximize Your Gas Mileage This Summer
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Hit the road, Jack! We mean that in the nicest of ways; it’s road-trip season, so why are you still sitting on your couch?
With road trips come a lot of driving, and as gas prices rise ahead of the season, you’ll need to take the reins to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. There are a few easy ways to ensure you’re using less fuel as you travel along America’s highways this summer.
Try our tips to see an increase in how far you can drive on a single tank.
Don’t Let Your Vehicle Idle
If you have to sit in your car for any amount of time – perhaps at a dead standstill in traffic, or going through the fast food drive-through – turn your engine off. Don’t even leave it in accessory. The practice of idling is a big culprit for making your vehicle far less fuel efficient than it could be.
And yes, we know that Kansas City summers are hot, but rolling your windows down for fresh air if you need to sit still for a few minutes can save you up to a half a gallon of gas per hour (of course, the number varies depending on your engine). Leaving the A/C running uses an extra three cents of fuel each minute!
Drive Assertively, Not Aggressively
Not only is it dangerous to be an aggressive driver, but it’s also making your vehicle less fuel efficient.
Accelerating quickly or stomping on the brakes can decrease your fuel efficiency by up to 33 percent on the highway and five percent in the city, affording to the US. Department of Energy (DOE).
If you want to experience better fuel economy, speed up slowly and slow down gradually, giving yourself plenty of space for safety.
If you’ve heard your kid ask, “Are we there yet?” roughly 10 million times in the same trip, you’re probably wishing you could get to your destination faster. But any time you exceed 50 miles per hour, you can expect your gas mileage to drop.
For every five miles per hour you drive over 50, you’ll be paying an extra 20 cents per gallon of gas, according to the DOE. If you use 30 gallons of fuel on your trip, you could have saved $8 total if you simply drive more slowly. This can add up to hundreds of dollars per year if you take many road trips.
Pack car activities and snacks, take the scenic route, and slow down to save on gas.
Dress for the Weather
You can drive the most fuel-efficient gas powered vehicle, but if you blast the A/C, it turns into a gas-guzzling beast! Especially on short trips, your air conditioner decreases fuel efficiency by 25 percent.
To save money, wear cooler clothes for your drive so you don’t need to turn the A/C up very high. Park your car in the shade, so your A/C isn’t responsible for quite so much. Consider rolling your windows down while you drive.
Visit a Car Service Center for an Oil Change
Almost every car dealership near you has a service center, like your local Kansas City Ford dealership, Zeck Ford. We accommodate quick oil changes that keep your engine lubricated and your car running.
Old oil decreases your vehicle’s fuel economy. The thicker the oil, the more fuel is burned to pump it through.
Visit the Ford service center at Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas, to get an oil change on the schedule that’s recommended in your car’s owner manual.
Ask a Ford Service Technician to Check Your Tire Pressure
Keeping your tires properly inflated improves your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, and makes the ride more comfortable, too.
The DOE says properly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage by up to three percent. For every drop in psi, you can lower your fuel economy by 0.2 percent. It’s not a lot, but it will add up over time.
Visit the Zeck Ford Service Center
To properly maintain your vehicle, schedule an appointment for service at Zeck Ford. Our service technicians can help you with oil changes, mechanical repairs, tire rotations, and much more, to keep your vehicle running smoothly and improving your fuel economy.
Before you kick off your road trip with a jaunty rendition of “1,000 Bottles of Pop on the Wall,” stop by our Ford service center at Zeck Ford on S. 4th Street in Leavenworth.