Other Tips to Improve Your Gas Mileage
Slow Down - Gas mileage efficiency decreases at speeds over 50 mph.
Buy The Best Gas For Your Vehicle - Check your owner's manual to find out what octane your engine needs. Octane ratings measure gasoline's ability to resist engine knock. Usually, the higher the octane, the higher the price. Go with what your manual says, you may not need premium gas.
Limit Idle Time - Idling uses more fuel than restarting your car and gives off 80% more pollution than when your car is in motion. The next time you come to a stop and are waiting for someone, consider turning off your engine to save fuel.
Use Cruise Control If Possible - According to Edmunds.com, using cruise control under appropriate conditions can improve fuel economy by up to 14%. Be smart about it, cruise control is most efficient on flat highways, rather than hilly areas.
Avoid Stops & Starts - Try to drive as smoothly as possible. Speedy acceleration, jerky braking and stop-and-go traffic waste gas. Studies suggest that poor driving habits can affect fuel economy by between 15% and 30%.
Even simple maintenance can have a major effect on your vehicle. When it comes to gas mileage, making sure your vehicle is correctly maintained can actually save you money in the long run.
If you haven’t brought your vehicle in for routine maintenance lately, your fuel efficiency could be compromised. Check our service specials and call us today to schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in, or schedule an appointment online. The team at Mike Haggerty Buick GMC is here to provide you with the auto repair services you need to make sure your vehicle is running at its best.