Old Man Winter has definitely arrived in Colorado and before he makes his presence *too* obvious, here are a few tips on how you can save some money at the gas pump in the coming months:
Check your tires’ air pressure. Maintaining your tires’ air pressure at the factory-recommended levels can improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency by an average of 3%.
Slow down! In addition to running the risk of getting a ticket, driving above the speed limit is unadvisable from both a safety standpoint and in terms of optimizing your gas mileage. Staying within a few MPH of the posted speed limit can significantly boost your vehicle’s MPG efficiency. Using cruise control is also recommended as it will cut down on how often your car accelerates.
Inspect your air filter. When your filter is dirty, not as much air makes its way to your engine which will make it harder for your car to accelerate. A clean air filter can save you as much as 10% on your fuel costs.
Lighten your load. Keeping fewer items in your vehicle both reduces clutter and saves you money at the pump since lighter cars are more fuel efficient. If you have 100 extra pounds of cargo in your car you’re costing yourself 1-2% in fuel efficiency which might not sound like much but can definitely add up over time.
The most effective and simplest way to optimize your gas mileage is to stay up to date on your vehicle’s preventive maintenance needs. Our ASE-Certified technicians here at JJ Tracks have the tools and know-how to make sure your car is operating at its most efficient and not wasting any fuel by working too hard. Make an appointment ONLINE or call us at 719-481-4393 to set up a maintenance schedule that will keep your vehicle running at an optimal level year-round!