Fuel Saving Tips

We all strive to save gas cause that means saving money. That’s a no-brainer. Saving gas can be a lot easier than most people realize. Here are just a few gas saving tips from your friends here at your Newnan car dealer. By utilizing any of these tips, you will be well on your way to saving big bucks at the pumps as well as seeing improvement right away.

The most obvious tips is to simply slow down. We’ve all heard it before so why not do it? If you maintain the highway speed of 60mph instead of 70mph, you actually end up saving 3-4 miles per gallon getting to your destination. Also, be gentle on the throttle. There is no need to accelerate quickly or even slam on the brakes. The best way to stop the vehicle is to coast to a stop. This will save you fuel as well as general wear and tear on your brake pads which are another costly repair.

Avoid idling whenever possible. If you know you’re going to be waiting a while, for example at a railroad crossing, turn off your engine. It’s also a good idea to not waste minutes in the drive-thru eating up gas. Park and go inside instead. Doing this will make a big difference in your overall fuel economy. Drive with your windows up instead of down. This might be tough especially on those lovely summer days. But by driving with your windows down, it creates a drag that causes your car’s engine to work harder. Especially on the highway which can decrease your fuel by up to 10 percent.

Speaking of, lighten your car’s cargo by keeping less mass in your vehicle. A good tip is to clean out your car’s trunk. Carrying more cargo than needs be ends up costing you more money at the pumps.

Make sure your car is in tip top shape. Take a look through your owner’s manual and follow your car’s recommended maintenance schedule. When it’s time to get your car tuned up, don’t wait. You can increase you car’s fuel economy by up to 4.1%.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fuel saving tips from your friends at SouthTowne Motors.

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