How Your Driving Affects Fuel Efficiency

cars in traffic on highwayMany factors contribute to the number of miles per gallon our cars can drive. The make, model, shape, and size certainly matter – but did you know that how you take care of your car and even the way you drive affect your gas mileage? Here we describe several ways to help your car perform its best at the pump.

Upkeep is Important

  1. Check the air pressure in your tires monthly. Only inflate your tires to the recommended pressure – inflating them above or below this point subjects your tires to more wear and decreases your gas mileage.
  2. Drive more calmly. Frequent braking and rapid acceleration reduces gas mileage, and endangers you and other drivers. Resisting the urge to pass every car in front of you is a good practice of road safety and helps your car achieve more miles per gallon.
  3. Adhere to the posted speed limit. Many cars achieve optimum gas mileage between 45 and 60 mph. Slowing down 5 to 10 mph can save you $.20 to $.40 per gallon by improving fuel efficiency, along with keep you safer on the road.

Lastly, there is no substitute for regular tune ups and inspections. Call our professionals at (847) 895-9131 for quality repairs, tune ups, and emission services today!