As Sacramento braces for the summer heat, summertime plans are being made and possibly modified as gas prices steadily trend up. To make sure your vehicle isn’t burning through fuel inefficiently, make sure of the following;
-When on the freeway, use your cruise control; they don’t call it “hit the gas” for nothing. Sudden changes in speed can rob your car of fuel efficiency. Keep your speed as consistent as possible.
-Make sure your fuel cap is on tight……if you are unsure what the standard is for your vehicle, check your manual.
-Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 15%. Conversely, over-inflated tires can cause excessive wear to the tread. ALWAYS make sure the tires are properly inflated.
-Keep your car as cool as possible. Gas can evaporate, more-so in direct sunlight. Whenever possible, find a shady spot for your vehicle.
-Check your oil routinely. Like brushing your teeth regularly makes the dentist less painful, regular oil checks decreases heat and friction on your engine, making trips to the mechanic less burdensome on your wallet.
-Keep your car well tuned- It goes without saying, a happy car is one you pay attention to even when bad things are not happening. Spark plugs, distributor caps/rotors all affect your engine and ultimately, your fuel economy. Additionally, coolant becomes corrosive the older it gets. Make sure you are changing it annually. If you stay on top of it, not only does it increase your gas mileage, but you may also end up with a great car for 200,000 plus miles.