Take good care of your car and it will take good care of you.
Your car is a valuable asset that should be treated with care and respect. If you want your car to maintain it's value and it's ability to perform the way it should, make sure that it gets proper service when it is needed.
There are many things that you can do to keep your car running smoothly and efficiently. A well maintained can can save you money on gas and maintenance costs, and by doing small things to keep it in tip top shape, you can extend the number of years that it runs and performs.
Listed below are some things you can do keep your car in good running condition and save money on gas and oil.
- Don't let your car idle longer than 2 minutes. For every two minutes your car idles, it uses about 1 gallon of gas. No more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days is needed.
- Combine errands into one trip. Several short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.
- Fill up your car in the mornings or evenings.
- Do not speed or drive aggressively. Aggressive driving wastes gas. It can lower your highway gas mileage 33% and city mileage 5%.
- Use overdrive gearing. When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces wear.
- Use the air conditioning only when necessary.
- Clear out your car; extra weight decreases gas mileage.
- Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks. A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow you to buy a smaller car.
Car Maintenance Tips
- Use the grade of motor oil recommended by your car's manufacturer. Using a different motor oil can lower your gasoline mileage by 1%-2%.
- Keep tires properly inflated and aligned to improve your gasoline mileage by around 3.3%.
- Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks to avoid fuel economy problems due to worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid, or transmission problems.
- Replace clogged air filters to improve gas mileage by as much as 10% and protect your engine.
If you keep your car serviced and in good repair, it will last for many years and over time, save you lots of money.