If you are concerned about the increase in the price of gas or just want to minimize the impact your driving has on the environment, you don’t have to trade-in your car for a hybrid vehicle. Simply how you drive and take care of your vehicle can have a big effect on how much fuel you use. These 8 easy tips will help you utilize every last drop of fuel you put into the tank of your vehicle while helping you save money on fuel consumption this holiday season.
8 Tips for Better Fuel Consumption
- It is recommended to check the pressure of your tires at least once a month. Under-inflated tires burn more fuel. If your tires are under-inflated, (which is not uncommon), rolling resistance of the tires can increase.
- When it is appropriate, use the cruise control feature in your vehicle. This can help save on fuel consumption on the highway and for those long road trips over the holidays. It is however, critical to refrain from using cruise control when roadways are filled with ice, black ice, snow and or slush.
- Change the air filter based on the recommended number of times outlined in your owner’s manual. It is also recommended to change your air filter more frequently if you drive in dusty conditions.
- If your acceleration is sluggish while driving, it could be a sign that your vehicle’s fuel system or filter is clogged, which means lower fuel efficiency and performance. A fuel system cleaning or replacement ensures that your fuel system is free of performance-robbing deposits, leaving it clean for optimal performance and fuel economy.
- Inspect the suspension and chassis parts for misalignment. Bent wheels, axles, worn shocks, and broken springs can contribute to drivetrain drag, not to mention the unsafe condition they create.
- Many automakers are beginning to require owners to use synthetic motor oil in their cars’ engines. This is because synthetic oil has many advantages over the conventional motor oil. Synthetic oil is designed to be more effective at resisting break-down, withstanding high temperatures, and flowing more efficiently in cold temperatures. This reduces engine wear on your vehicle during cold winter start-ups.
- Avoid slamming on the brakes! Occasionally, to avoid an accident, you have no choice. But in regular driving situations such as driving toward a stop sign or a red light, eliminating slamming on your breaks can help conserve fuel. It’s not only a fuel-efficient driving habit; it’s also better for your tires and brakes, which helps you save money in the future on maintenance and repair costs.
- Keep your vehicle maintained. Simple car maintenance—such as regular oil changes, air-filter changes, and spark plug replacements—will help lengthen the life of your vehicle, improve fuel consumption, and minimize emissions.
Did you know that your vehicle could burn more fuel if proper maintenance is not performed on a regular schedule? Stop by your local Jiffy Lube® for routine maintenance make sure you’re saving the most money possible this holiday season with better fuel consumption.