Low Gas Prices + Simple Car Care = More Savings
With gas prices remaining low, drivers have a chance to take advantage of their savings and invest it back into their vehicles. By spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings and save more money at the pump.
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With the average cost of a gallon of gas remaining low at $2.166, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, we encourage drivers to perform simple steps to improve fuel efficiency and save money.
Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of four percent.
Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to three percent.
Improve gas mileage by one to two percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.
Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.
Replacing damaged, loose or missing gas caps will stop gas from vaporizing into the air.
Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to www.fueleconomy.gov.
"A small investment in simple and inexpensive auto care will add up to better fuel economy. In addition, modifying driving habits, such as observing the speed limit and avoiding quick stops and starts, can also increase fuel efficiency," said Nathan Perrine, executive director, Car Care Council. "Consolidating trips, avoiding excessive idling and removing unnecessary items from the trunk are also easy ways to lower fuel consumption."