Summer often means road trips, but regardless of how far you’re going, here are a few ways you can help improve the environment and save money at the pump by using your car’s energy more wisely.
1. Keep your engine tuned up. Incorrect fuel ratio, bad spark plugs and incorrect spark timing can have a huge negative effect on your gas mileage.
2. Don’t use your air conditioner unless you really need it. The A/C compressor puts an extra strain on the engine.
3. Make sure tires are properly inflated. Under inflated tires increase your car’s mileage.
4. Avoid stop and go traffic by taking alternative routes or travel during less congested travel times.
5. Make sure your gas cap is tightly closed once you’ve filled up. An amazing amount of gasoline can evaporate from a loose cap.
6. Use a good engine oil, preferably a synthetic or standard oil treated with a friction reducing oil additive. These have been known to improve fuel economy by as much as 12%.
7. Clean out the trunk to reduce your car’s weight as much as possible.
8. Use cruise control whenever possible.
9. Keeping your highway speed to 55 mph can improve your gas mileage by as much as 25% compared to 75 mph.
10. Avoid increasing speed while climbing a hill. Your engine is already working hard trying to overcome gravity.
11. When not in use, remove accessories such as a luggage, ski or bike racks because they lower the aerodynamics of your vehicle.
12. And perhaps the best environmental use of your car is to leave it behind. Bike or walk when you can, or take advantage of our wonderful light rail system whenever possible!