Even though gas prices have fallen here and there around Columbia, we do a lot of driving in the summer and gas prices are still high. Each summer a big challenge for drivers in our Columbia area apartments is maximizing gas mileage. Good driving habits and basic car maintenance will help get you better gas mileage all summer long.
Spend less time at the pump by following these gas saving tips:
1) Have your air filter changed regularly: Your engine needs to breathe to create maximum power and efficiency. Usually you should replace your air filter every 7,500 miles.
2) Proper tire pressure: Tire pressure has a huge influence on fuel economy. Required tire pressure is written on the tire, and on the drivers’ side door post. Check the pressure on all four tires weekly. Tires that are under inflated create dramatically more rolling resistance.
3) Use synthetic oil at your next oil change: Synthetic oil reduces internal engine friction, lubricates better, and reduces engine operating temperatures, all creating a more efficient power process and helping with fuel mileage
4) Minimize idling, you’re getting zero mpg.
5) Reduce the weight of your car by eliminating excess cargo: Get rid of stuff like extra tires, equipment, bike or ski racks; this saves gas. For every 200 pounds of extra weight in a vehicle, fuel mileage is reduced by approximately one mile per gallon.
6) Keep fuel injectors clean by using an injector cleaner once or twice a year: Add injector cleaner to the fuel tank a few times each year.
Anything that impedes the movement of the vehicle down the road such as low tire pressure, wind resistance, brake drag, improper wheel alignment, engine efficiency, and driveline friction costs fuel economy. Some items like wind resistance are difficult to avoid. However, going easy on the accelerator and turning off the air conditioner can be worth an extra 1-2 miles per gallon.
Original article on Business Wire