8 Ways to Save Gas This Summer

July 1, 2022

8 ways to save gas this summer

1. Keeping tire pressure well maintained!

Keeping your tires properly inflated is a simple way to improve summer gas mileage.
You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3% by keeping your tires inflated to the correct pressure, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

2. Turn the AC down!

Keep your windows down when traveling at lower speeds - “Under very hot conditions, A/C use can reduce a conventional vehicle's fuel economy by more than 25%, particularly on short trips,” notes the DOE.

3. Slow Down!

Believe it or not, driving faster will use much more gas!Any time you drive over 50 mph it rapidly reduces your fuel efficiency. for every 5 mph over 50, it’s like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon of gasoline, estimates the DOE.

4. Don’t skip that oil change!

Old, sludgy oil will slow down your vehicle - ultimately using more gas to run. More energy usage equals less fuel efficiency. Make sure your vehicle is scheduled for routine oil changes as needed.

5. Plan and combine Trips!

Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer, multipurpose trip covering the same distance.Department of Energy suggests that Trip planning can reduce the amount of time you drive with a cold engine. It can also reduce the distance you travel.

6. Carpool!

Take advantage of carpools and ride-share programs. You can cut your weekly fuel costs in half and save wear on your car if you take turns driving with others.

7. Don’t idle!

Turn the AC on after you begin to drive or after airing out the vehicle briefly. Most AC systems will cool the vehicle faster while driving.

8. WALK!

If there is somewhere close, consider walking on a beautiful day! Walking for short trips, rather than driving, can help save gas and reduce emissions.

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