Whether you’re taking a road trip of just enduring your daily commute, we could all use a little help with saving some money at the pump. Since gas prices tend to rise in the summer, we’ve compiled a few tips to help your car run more fuel-efficient so you can keep a little extra money in your pocket.
- Check Your Gas Cap: Did you know that roughly 17% of automobiles on the road have broken or missing gas cap? This both reduces gas mileage and can also be even more harmful to the environment because it allows gas fumes to contribute to smog. Check to make sure your gas cap isn’t cracked and even have your local mechanic test to see if your gas cap is leaking.
- Your Alignment Could Be Outta Whack: Potholes during the winter can really jack up your tire alignment. This can cause your tires to wear out more quickly and causes your engine to work harder which inevitably can cost you more in the long run. Feel like your car is pulling to one side more than the other? Then definitely get your car down to your local repair shop to keep you moving in the right direction.
- Slow It Down: This may be easier said than done because naturally, we’re always hustle-bustle to get where we need to be; but slowing it down, being a little softer on the gas pedal, and utilizing coasting can end up saving you close to 20 cents a gallon. I mean come on, how many times do we speed up quickly just to slam on the breaks at the red light anyways.
- Check Tire Pressure: Some sources suggest that roughly 25% of all vehicles on the road have improperly inflated tires. This can drastically affect a car’s mileage and even lead to premature wearing of your tire’s tread.
- Skip the A/C: On days where it’s not unbearably hot, roll down the windows and get a little breeze action going. When you turn on your air conditioning, the serpentine belt spinning from your crankshaft if forced to engage the pulley of the A/C compressor and this causes a little bit of drag on your engine therefore making it work harder. As you can hopefully tell by now this hinders fuel efficiency.