They say only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. But there’s a third thing missing from that quote, and that’s gasoline. Anyone driving a gas-powered vehicle has to fill up their tank, and that’s just unavoidable. But perhaps you can fill yours less often by learning how to save fuel when you drive. Next time you’re cruising in your Lancer from Larry Jay Mitsubishi, follow these guidelines for better gas mileage.
The heavier your car is, the more gas it needs to move. If you’re the type of person who leaves clutter in the trunk or back seat, you’re wasting gas. Clean out your car for less drag and better efficiency.
Cool Off the Right Way
Windows up or windows down? It’s the age-old question. The truth is, it depends on the speed. If you’re driving at highway speeds, having the windows down makes a vehicle less aerodynamic and therefore uses more gas. In this case air conditioning is more efficient. However, when driving in town, it’s better to do windows rather than AC.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Under-inflated tires aren’t functioning as well as they could be, and require more gas from the car to function. Check your tires’ PSI regularly to make sure your tires are inflated properly and giving your car the best mile to the gallon possible.
When you think about the most important safety features on your car, you might think of your traction control, brakes, or even airbags. However, these features are nearly useless without your tires. That is why it is important to take good care of your tires. And, the simplest way to do that is by making sure they have the right air pressure.
Here are five things you need to know about tire pressure.
- Tire pressure measures the amount of air in your tires. Too much or too little air can cause undue stress on your tires making them wear out sooner than they should.
- Proper tire pressure is important. Not only does it prolong the life of your tires, but it keeps your fuel efficiency where it should be and helps prevent tire emergencies, like blow-outs.
- Your tire pressure decreases over time because of things like air slowly leaking through the rubber compound, an actual puncture in the tire, leaking valve stems, and impacts, like running into the curb.
- To check your air pressure, you will need a pressure gauge. Unscrew the cap on the valve stem and touch the pressure gauge to the stem until you hear a stream of air. Quickly remove the gauge and read the pressure. Repeat to ensure accuracy.
- Adding air to your tires is simple. Most gas stations have air pumps. The correct pressure should be indicated on your tire’s sidewall. Add air until all tires are properly inflated.
If you have any questions about your tires, stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi and we’ll inspect them for you.