With gas prices in Georgia rising early on this year and with the expectation of continued increases in price, making the most of the gas in your tank is an absolute must. While yes, carpooling, public transportation and an overall decreased use of your vehicle are all great ways to make your fuel last longer, they often times aren’t plausible solutions for your lifestyle or schedule. Knowing this, Flash Foods has worked to put together a three part blog series sharing proven tips to help you get the most out of your full tank.
One of the best ways to ensure that you avoid the increasing gas prices in Georgia by getting the best possible MPG is to keep your vehicle running at peak levels of performance. Below are general car care tips to help you keep your engine and other areas of your vehicle finely tuned and ready to use your gas in a more efficient manner.
1. Keep your engine finely tuned
While this is somewhat of a vague tip, the idea behind always maintaining your engine is one that any auto owner should take seriously.? With studies showing that fixing serious maintenance issues such as oxygen sensors and other emissions-based areas of the engine can improve gas mileage by as much as 40%, making sure that your Check Engine light never comes on is a great way to save gas.
2. Keep your tires properly inflated
Properly inflated tires providing a rounder surface to drive on as opposed to under-inflated tires that have more surface area touching the road thus requiring more energy to move and maintain speeds. By keeping your tires at the vehicle’s recommended PSI (found on the inside of the driver’s side door or in your owner’s manual) you can improve your gas mileage by about 3%. Be sure to follow your vehicle’s recommended PSI and not the maximums printed on the wall of the tires you own.
3. Use the recommended grade of motor oil
The type of motor oil you put in your vehicle can play a huge role in the amount of gas you can save.? If you are using a different type of motor oil than what your engine was designed for can negatively affect your gas mileage by about 1-2%.
4. Replace clogged air filters
While replacing an old and clogged air filter has been shown to only improve acceleration and overall performance of newer vehicles and not improve gas mileage, the added performance benefits of doing so may help for later tips.
Taking care of your vehicle is one of the best ways to ensure you are making the most of your gas, so make sure you consider these tips before every fill up. Don’t let the high gas prices in Georgia get you down anymore and start making the most out of every gallon with these helpful hints! Have any other fuel saving tactics that we didn’t cover? Share them below and let everyone know about them!