Owning a new car is great; it provides freedom to take road trips whenever we want, makes running errands simple, and impresses friends and family by making a statement wherever we go. The major downside of owning a car? Paying for gas. That’s why we at Bill Crispin Chevrolet are offering up a few useful tips to help you save money at the pump.
According to the EPA, the best way to improve gas mileage is to drive more efficiently. While that might sound easier said than done, there are some simple things you can do. For example, avoid driving when you’re stressed, as aggressive driving (rapid acceleration, hard braking, and speeding) can lower gas mileage by up to 40 percent. You should also avoid rush-hour gridlock by leaving an hour earlier or later than normal. If you’re idling, that means you’re getting 0 mpg.
Next, maintain your vehicle. To keep your engine running smoothly and efficiently, you’ll need an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, or every 3 to 5 months (whichever comes first). Ask your mechanic to check tire pressure, spark plugs, and alignment, and also be sure to top-off fluids about once every other month.
Finally, choose a more efficient vehicle when car shopping. The next time you’re in the market, opt for a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle. If you’re not quite ready to take the leap from gas to electric, consider a compact or subcompact car.
Changing your driving habits, maintaining your vehicle regularly, and choosing the most efficient vehicle while car shopping are just three things you can do to up your gas mileage.