In these times, saving every penny counts and that holds especially true when considering the maintenance and longevity of a car. Proper maintenance can save drivers money on repairs, gas and car insurance quotes in the long run, the U.S. Department of Energy reports.
According to the DOE, an individual can save $0.11 per gallon if their tires are inflated properly. Under-inflated tires could possibly lower gas-mileage up to 0.3 percent for every one pound per square inch they are low. For those who don’t know the ideal tire pressure for their vehicle, it can generally be found in the owner’s manual, in the glove box, or on the driver’s side door jamb. However, don’t use the maximum pressure that is labeled on the tires.
Using high-quality motor oil reduces fuel costs by up to $0.07 per gallon and extends a car’s life. According to the DOE, using an oil grade that’s lower than the suggested level may decrease gas mileage by up to 2 percent. In addition, the agency suggests car owners use energy-efficient motor oil which contains friction-reducing chemicals.
The DOE states that individuals should inquire about replacing their automobile’s air filter. According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, replacing a clogged air filter on a modern car can improve performance, particularly its acceleration. While this doesn’t improve gas mileage it ensures a healthier and long-lasting vehicle. In addition, the agency claims that by completing scheduled maintenance, a car may increase its gas mileage efficiency by up to $0.15 per gallon and allow drivers to get their hands on better auto insurance quotes.
Improve driving habits
Maintenance and caretaking a vehicle is one thing, but driving properly is another. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, individuals can lower their gas mileage by driving safely and smartly. Drivers who avoid abrupt acceleration and stops while maintaining a fluid speed can increase gas mileage by approximately 22 percent on the highway and 5 percent in urban streets.
Furthermore, the EPA states that beyond 60 miles per hour, most cars experience a decreased rate of gas mileage. Following the speed limit, which is normally 55 to 65 mph on the highway, will ensure that a vehicle is driving at an efficient speed. Driving at a safe speed may also reduce the risk of accidents and lower drivers’ auto insurance quotes.
The weight of a car highly affects its performance. The fewer items drivers have in the car, such as luggage and sports equipment, the less the car wastes gas.
The Federal Trade Commission suggests that most cars’ gas mileage is hindered by high-octane fuel and consumers should instead purchase regular octane gas unless otherwise recommended by the manufacturer.