Gasoline. We all have a love-hate relationship with the golden fluid that keeps our cars running. On one hand, we love being able to drive around from place to place getting things done at lightning speed (in comparison to walking everywhere). But on the other hand, we HATE having to spend $30, $40, even upwards of $50 every time we stop by the gas pump.
So what options do we have? Stop driving? Buy a road-bike?
No way, José! There are plenty of ways you can cut down on gas usage, and we would love to share a few of them with you!
First thing to do is check your tire pressure. Driving on tires that are not properly inflated could greatly increase your gas usage. Basically there are two things that make your tires lose air: time and temperature. No matter what, as you drive, your tires are very slowly leaking air, and as you may have guessed, under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance. This means your car needs to work harder (burn more gas) in order to keep moving. Next time you get a chance, take a look at your owner’s manual to see how much your tires should be inflated, fill them up to the appropriate level, and make sure to check them often.
Next, check your air filter. A clogged air filter limits the amount of air flow to the engine, which is harmful to gas economy. The good news is, this is an extremely easy fix. Simply remove the air filter and hold it up to the sun. Can’t see any sunlight? Then it’s time for a new filter.
Finally, get all the junk out of your trunk – seriously. The more weight that’s in your car means the more weight your car has to lug around. It’s a simple concept, but it’s often overlooked. You know that bag of golf clubs you’re keeping back there just in case an afternoon opens up? That’s costing you big moolah every time you go to fill up your tank. Sure, the amount of gas you’ll save the first few times after cleaning your car out won’t be anything too substantial, but making changes like this one can really add up.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to increase fuel efficiency, or would like a professional mechanic to take a look at your vehicle, swing by the service department at DeVoe Cadillac. One of our certified mechanics would love to take a look at your car and get it running as efficiently as possible.