Get The Most Out Of Your Mileage
April 09, 2012 | Alliant Credit Union
While gas prices nationwide continue to increase, Chicagoland leads the pack with prices exceeding $4.15/gal. Take a deep breath and pull up a chair, there may be some relief in sight. We can't lower the price of gas, but we can give you tricks to improve your vehicles fuel efficiency.
• Use cruise-control or overdrive gears to minimize engine erosion.
• Remove excess weight - unload the tools your in-laws let you borrow when you get home. Don't drive around with heavy items in the trunk until you are ready to use them. Extra weight takes a toll on your gas mileage.
• Keep your emotions in check. Road rage leads to unnecessary fuel guzzling. When your motor sounds as mad as you are - lay off the gas!
• Determine the required octane level for your vehicle - some vehicle manuals will recommend high octane fuel, which costs more but isn't required for your vehicle to function.
• Drive a more fuel-efficient vehicle. If you frequently use the highway and don't carry cargo or additional passengers, consider a smaller vehicle. Sedans are generally more fuel-efficient than SUVs and trucks. Plus, they have smaller gas tanks, enabling you to make less frequent and more affordable trips to the pump.
• Roll down the windows. Blasting the AC may seem more comfortable, but it dramatically reduces fuel efficiency. Consider rolling down the windows to keep your gas mileage high and the temperature cooler.
• Most of all, keep your vehicle maintained. Whether you maintain it yourself or trust the professionals, regular maintenance should be part of your vehicle care routine. Engines which have been properly maintained function more efficiently, in every way.
Sources: getrichslowly.org, ftc.gov, fueleconomy.gov
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