Saving Pennies per Gallon Adds up to Real Dollars!
Gas prices fluctuate daily, but not your opportunity every day to save money on gas. In fact, with a little discipline, it’s possible to boost your mpg by 20% or more. Saving a few pennies per gallon can add up to a lot of money over the course of a year.
Start by focusing on your:
- Driving habits
- Maintenance routine
Watch the Lead Foot
Gradual accelerations and decelerations, constant highway speeds (cruise control helps), and sensible braking can add up to gas savings of 10% or more. If you do a lot of expressway driving, you can save big bucks by driving 55 miles per hour. For example, speeding at 70 miles per hour burns 20% more fuel.
Save even more money by reducing unnecessary idling. For example, cars these days don’t need to “warm up” even in winter. Think of idling as burning money.
What you drive around town also has an impact. Or, rather, what you don’t drive around. Lighten your load and get rid of the golf clubs, the library sale books, and the tool box. Lose the cargo and you can boost your fuel economy by 1% or more.
Improving your driving habits gives you a head start on fuel savings. Maintaining your vehicle takes you to the finish line.
Keep Your Car in Shape
You run more efficiently when you’re in shape. So does your car. Smart vehicle owners keep on schedule with scheduled maintenance and regularly monitor tire pressure and fluid levels (oil, coolant, brake, transmission, etc.) At Monro Muffler Brake, we include these checks with our Oil Change & More!
You can get up to 3% better gas mileage when you keep your tires inflated to the correct pressure. Plus, your vehicle’s handling and your safety depend upon properly inflated tires. Be sure to use an accurate pressure gauge—don’t fill your tires by eye. We’d be happy to check them for you. Not only will you save money on gas, your tires will wear longer and save you additional money.
Regular oil changes and the correct grade of oil can boost your mpg an additional 2%. Many vehicles these days have an oil life monitor that lets you know when it’s time to change the oil. Don’t ignore it. Otherwise, follow the maintenance schedule in your owner's manual. Monro Muffler Brake’s Oil Change & More! is an easy and inexpensive way for you to keep your car running in top condition. The service includes a new oil filter, a chassis lube where specified by the manufacturer, and a free tire rotation, brake inspection, and tire pressure check.
If your vehicle runs rough, stalls, or fails an emissions test, it could be time for a tune-up. A properly tuned engine improves gas mileage by an average of 4%. Older vehicles particularly can benefit from this service. You might also consider a motor oil formulated for higher mileage vehicles. For example, Valvoline MaxLife synthetic blend oil contains seal conditioners that help preserve engine power.
Don’t neglect the steering and suspension systems, either. Suspension and steering issues can significantly affect handling, and therefore how hard your car must work. Have your wheel alignment checked at least annually. An alignment can boost your fuel economy by 0.5%-10% and help you get more miles out of your tires.
Last, but not least, if you live a few blocks from work, school or leisure activities, why not walk or bike? The exercise is good for you and the environment.
Just by adjusting the way you drive and taking care of your vehicle, you can save potentially hundreds of dollars a year on gas and repairs. Monro Muffler Brake offers fast, convenient services that extend your car’s life, improve performance, and boost fuel economy. Request an appointment online. Or, stop by at your convenience. Same day appointments are available. We're open extended daytime, evening and weekend hours.
U.S. Department of Energy, www.fueleconomy.gov, Gas Mileage Tips
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), https://www3.epa.gov/fueleconomy/index.htm, Fuel Economy Home Page