Multiply Gas Savings During Holiday Travel with Simple Vehicle Maintenance
Thanksgiving officially opened the holiday travel season, with approximately 42 million Americans expected to have taken road trips over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA.com.
Today's very low gas prices (the lowest since 2008) are encouraging travelers to hit the highways for the holidays, especially as the AAA Fuel Gauge Report shows the national average is poised to drop to below $2 per gallon by the Christmas holiday.
As gas prices continue to drop nationwide, the Car Car Council suggests motorists take advantage of their savings at the pump and invest it back into their vehicles. By spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings during their holiday road trips to further decrease their travel costs.
“Motorists can count on significant savings at the pump,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A small investment in simple and inexpensive auto care will add up to better fuel economy and even more savings.”
The non-profit Car Care Council encourages motorists to be car care aware and perform simple steps to improve fuel efficiency and save money.
• Engine Performance: Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
• Tire Pressure: Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.
• Motor Oil: Improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.
• Air Filters: Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.
• Gas Cap: Damaged, loose or missing gas caps allow gas to vaporize into the air.
• Fix It: Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to www.fueleconomy.gov.
Beyond these vehicle maintenance tips, modifying your driving habits -- such as observing the speed limit and avoiding quick stops and starts -- can also increase fuel efficiency. To lower your fuel consumption during everyday driving, consolidating trips, avoiding excessive idling, and removing unnecessary items from the trunk are easy ways to improve fuel economy.