How to Stretch Your MPG

More and more vehicle owners these days are feeling the squeeze at the fuel pump and it doesn’t look like the agony will be vanishing anytime soon. Instead of complaining, fix the problem by boosting your fuel economy. But what are some ways to save gas while out enjoying the day?

Here are 8 surefire ways from your Newnan Chevy dealer to keep you exploring the open road.

  1. You don’t need to travel across the state to enjoy a weekend excursion. Consider visiting an attraction closer to home. You might be surprised to find there are an abundance of things to do and places to see within an hour or two of your home.
  2. Using that cruise control will help to improve your overall MPG. By traveling at low and constant speeds this will give you an average savings of 7% at the pumps.
  3. If possible, save on your air conditioning and travel later in the day. By planning your route ahead of time, you can avoid long hold ups in traffic. The less air conditioning needed, the more you save in fuel costs.
  4. Make sure your car’s tires are at their approximate manufacturer recommended PSI. Underinflated tires will suck gas mileage, so make sure they are filled. Correctly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage by 1-2%.
  5. Make sure your tires are properly aligned. Imbalances in your tires can contribute greatly to reduced gas mileage.
  6. Clean out your trunk. The heavier your vehicle is, the more gas you’re going to burn through. Carrying weight that isn’t necessary will lower miles per gallon. Remove the unnecessary tools or any other cargo that is weighing you down. Just 100 extra pounds in your automobile will reduce your miles per gallon by 2%.
  7. Change your behavior in driving. Avoid driving aggressively at fast speeds and hard accelerating and breaking. These things can lower your gas mileage by a whopping 33%.
  8. Don’t idle if you don’t need to. Idling wastes fuel. If you are waiting for a long period of time in your car, turn off the engine.

SouthTowne Motors reminds you to keep a light foot and follow these simple ways to stretch that fuel.

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