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VEHICLE TIPS

 

Tips to Save Fuel

If your gas cap is loose, broken or just all together missing you could be contributing to the 147 million gallons of gas that is lost in vapor form every year.

If your tires are under inflated you can lose up to two miles per gallon of gas.

It's important to replace your spark plugs as recommended to avoid wasting fuel. Dirty or damaged spark plugs can misfires wasting fuel.

An air filter clogged with dust or dirt can cut off air resulting in too much gas being burned and a decrease in your engine's performance. Maintaining and replacing your air filter can improve gas mileage and save you money at the pump.

 

Driving Tips to Save Fuel

Dodging in and out of traffic and driving aggressively can all contribute to fewer miles per gallon.

Letting your car warm up for a couple of minutes is fine but allowing your car to idle for much longer will unnecessarily waste fuel.

Changing your speed frequently is a drain on your gas tank. Setting cruise control on the highway can cut down on waste.



Trip Check List

Make sure your wipers are in good shape before leaving and that you have washer fluid to keep your windshield clean. A good tip to remember is that your wiper blades need to be changed when you change your clocks in the Spring and Fall.

Lighting on the inside and outside of your vehicle is critical to safe travels. Be sure to check your lights on a monthly basis to ensure they are working properly so you can communicate with other motorists and light the way while driving.

Before you hit the road always remember to check all fluid levels to make sure you don't run low.

Don't neglect hoses and belts; they are essential parts of electric systems, air conditioning and power steering.

Always check that your tires are properly inflated. Also checking for uneven ware patterns, bulges or bare spots to avoid potentially dangerous problems.

Before leaving for long road trips, it is a good idea to get your vehicle checked out by an expert you trust to avoid any surprises. It may help you avoid expensive repairs while on the road and give you peace of mind while traveling.