Going somewhere for Memorial Day weekend? Most people will be taking a drive somewhere, whether close or far and that means one thing, traffic. Sitting in traffic is definitely not the best way to be spending your valuable fuel, so here are a few things you can do to improve your fuel economy before having a great weekend.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Under-inflated tires can cost a mile or two per gallon.
- Check your air filters. Air filters effect the amount of gas that is in the mixture in the engine, when they are dirty the mixture is too “rich” and you burn more gas than you need to be. Replacing an air filter with a clean one can improve gas mileage up to 10%.
- Spark Plugs. Vehicles can have between 4 and 12 spark plugs and when they misfire, they are wasting fuel. Replacing them according to your owner’s manual will help keep your vehicle at peak performance.
- Tighten that gas cap! According to the Car Care Council, about 17% of vehicles on the road have gas cap problems, resulting in 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year!
- Slow down. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets, according to the Car Care Council.
- No really, slow down. Did you know that gas mileage decreases rapidly when you go over 60 mph? Each mph driven over 60 can result in an additional 10 cents per gallon!
- Pack light. If you are bringing things with you, keep in mind that extra weight lowers your fuel economy; 100 pounds can cut fuel efficiency by 2%.
Drive safe and have a great Memorial Day from AUTOSCOPE!