Recently we have seen a little drop in fuel prices, but that is not to say that they are cheap by any means! Gas is one of those things that nobody particularly likes to purchase. I might as well be throwing money right into my tank! As bad as it feels to put your card in the pump and start filling up the car, there are some ways that can help you keep the costs a little bit down. Below are a few tips that you can use to keep your wallet just a little bit fatter!
- Do not put higher-grade gasoline than what your car asks for. Look in your owner’s manual of that new Chevrolet and see if your vehicle needs higher octane gasoline. Chances are that it will say regular unleaded. Some vehicles do require 90 or 93-octane gasoline, but unless specified, you are wasting your money putting the higher grade in your tank. The pricey fuel will not boost your vehicle’s fuel economy or performance, so do not use it if your don’t need it!
- Don’t overfill your tank! When the gas-nozzle clicks off the first time, consider yourself done filling up. If you over-fill your tank, you are allowing greater opportunity for the fuel to slop around and seep out!
- Make sure your gas cap is on and tightened securely! Fuel can evaporate our of your vehicle’s gas tank if it has an escape. It is estimated that loose, missing, or damaged gas caps can cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year.
- Do not drive around on deflated tires! Check your tires regularly that they are aired up to the recommended pressure. Not only can low tires greatly reduce the life of your tires, but it can also reduce your gas mileage significantly.
- Keep your air filters changed regularly. If you are driving around with a filthy and clogged up air filter, you are starving your engine of the air that it needs to produce the right combustion. If your engine cannot breathe right, then it will have to use more gas to produce the same combustion. Keeping your air filters changed regularly can help improve your gas mileage by as much as 10 percent!
- Use the recommended oil for your vehicle! You can actually improve your vehicle’s gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the manufacturer’s suggested grade of motor oil.
By Brad Troedel
Red River Chevrolet