Going into the spring months it is a good time to be thinking about the status of your car or truck and whether it is ready for the extra driving for weekend road trips, vacations, and visiting family and friends out of town.
This includes tires, windshield, and lights but, also you want to be mindful of the gas-efficiency of your car. Depending on what is going on with the economy, filling the tank can range from moderate up to a small fortune, so anything that you can do to use gas efficiently will help to make your spring and summer trips more enjoyable.
Here are some practical gas-saving tips for you to remember when you hit the road in the coming months:
- Unless your car specifically requires high-octane gasoline, you are wasting your money by filling up at the higher rate per gallon. The lowest octane fuel that is appropriate for your car is the best use of your dollars at the pump. The more expensive gasoline doesn’t benefit your car’s fuel economy, power, or performance so there’s no need to spend the money on it.
- If you have a garage, park your car in it. This helps protect the components of your engine from the extreme heat and cold of the outside temperatures, which can eliminate the need for using your air-conditioner or heater depending on how far you are driving.
- Keep the air in your tires at the right level. This is especially important to do this time of year as your tires lose pressure during the cold weather. Underinflated tires will wear down more quickly and cause unnecessary drag on your engine, causing more gas to be used than needed. Make sure going into the warmer temperatures that the air pressure in your tires is at the right level.
- If you haven’t had your car ‘tuned-up’ in a while, this is the time of year to do it. Making sure that your car has survived the harshness of winter and is ready for the spring and summer months is a great way to ensure that you and your family are safe during those road trips.
Before the weather gets too stellar and your forget all about it, make some time to get your car tuned up now to ensure that you have good gas-economy and a safe car to drive in.