After recent low prices, gas prices are on the rise again in White Bear Lake. Whether prices are low or high is out of our control, but there’s plenty we can do to make our cars more fuel efficient. Here are a few engine tweaks that will lead to big savings at the pump!
Replace the Air Filter so Your Engine can Breathe!
Just like your body, your car needs to breathe in order to function. Fresh air has to mix with fuel to burn properly, making a clean air filter a critical component of your engine. A dirty air filter means your engine isn’t getting the amount of air it needs, causing it to work harder and burn more fuel.
Drive the Speed Limit, Save Cash!
If you’re a speed demon who likes life in the fast lane, you might want to reconsider your driving habits. For every 5 MPH you drive over 50 MPH, it’s like paying an extra $0.26 per gallon, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Driving the speed limit will increase your gas mileage, save you money, and keep you safe all at the same time.
Less Weight Means Less Strain on Your Engine
Are you the type that leaves items in your vehicle for days at a time…or even weeks? Whether it’s trash, a gym bag, or tools from the job sight, more weight in your car means you’re burning more fuel. In fact, hauling an extra 100 pounds in your car could cut your gas mileage by 2 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. We recommend clearing out your car once a week to maintain optimal gas mileage.
Have Your Wheels Aligned for a Smoother Ride
Does your car pull to one side or the other when you drive? If so, that means your wheels are out of alignment. In this condition, your wheels are working against each other, causing your engine to work overtime and burn more fuel.
Set Up a Preventive Maintenance Plan
The best way to ensure you’re getting optimal gas mileage is to have regular maintenance performed on your vehicle. ASE-Certified technicians like ours get to know your vehicle inside out to ensure your engine runs as smooth as possible. From oil changes to brake checks, our preventive maintenance plan will help you win the battle against high gas prices.
Do you want more tips on how to relieve your pain at the pump? Give us a call at 651-426-0462 for more money-saving advice!