Save on Gas this Summer whether you are taking a road trip or driving around town. These practical tips on how to save on gas will keep your car running smoother as well as save on gas courtesy of AutoZone. AutoZone is the place for all your car maintenance needs, they have the best parts, prices and customer service.
Save on Gas
Proper maintenance and efficient driving help to ensure maximum fuel economy.
- Efficient driving practices, such as observing the speed limit and eliminating excess weight, can help you save on gas.
- Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.31 per gallon for gas.*
- An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. The reduction affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.*
- Aggressive idling can use a 1/4 – 1/2 gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use.*
- Aggressive driving – speeding, rapid acceleration and braking – can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town.*
- Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy™ fully synthetic motor oils are engineered to deliver outstanding engine protection and provide improved fuel economy. For the everyday driver, Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy™ oils can save on gas by 2% or almost $.08 per gallon.**
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, doing a tune-up – replacing spark plugs, oxygen sensors, etc. – when needed can save on gas by up to 4%, depending on the maintenance needed.*
- You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% or up to $0.12 per gallon by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure.*
- Improved fuel economy can save you money every time you fill up.
* Source: fueleconomy.gov. Cost savings are based on an assumed fuel price of $3.87/gallon.
** Comparison based upon 2% potential fuel economy improvement obtained by switching from higher viscosity oils to a 0W-20 or 0W-30 grade. Actual savings are dependent upon vehicle/engine type, outside temperature, driving conditions and your current engine oil viscosity. Check your potential fuel savings
Summer Vehicle Maintenance Tips
Routine maintenance takes just a few minutes before you hit the road with your family and loved ones this summer. For a total budget-savvy summer travel solution reference AutoZone’s Trip Smart 2012 Travel Guide.
- Routine scheduled maintenance checks. Check your owner’s manual for a schedule of recommended maintenance intervals from the vehicle manufacturer. Lost the owners manual? Check out National Car Care Council’s web site for a recommended maintenance schedule.
- Be proactive. Don’t wait for a breakdown to check under the hood. Replacing engine components at required intervals can help prevent an unexpected breakdown.
- Be prepared. Visit an automotive retailer such as AutoZone to purchase a roadside emergency kit. Also keep items such as a tire pressure gauge, spare serpentine belt and jumper cables handy.
- Check and replace vital vehicle components at recommended intervals. Regular maintenance can prevent costly damage, improve fuel efficiency/ save on gas and prevent an unwanted breakdown.
- Switch to a synthetic motor oil. Consider a quality, synthetic motor oil like Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy to help improve fuel efficiency and engine performance.
- Checking tire pressure is very important as correct pressure helps maximize fuel economy.
- Check and maintain all fluid levels. Be sure your antifreeze is up to the task for hot summer temperatures. Replace it if needed according to recommended service intervals.
- Test the battery if four years or older. Testing the battery during the summer months can help to avoid being stranded during the hottest time of the year.
- Replace spark plugs as recommended. Spark plugs can affect fuel efficiency, emissions and economy. Change spark plugs at the proper interval.
- Replace oxygen sensors as recommended. Replacing oxygen sensors at the recommended time can significantly improve gas mileage. Check and replace one- and two-wire sensors every 30,000-50,000 miles and every 60,000-100,000 miles for “heated” type oxygen sensors.
- Keep the air filter clean. Replacing a clogged air filter can lead to increased performance and acceleration. Air filters should be checked at every oil change.
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