Easy Ways to Save on Fuel

As we all know, the price of fuel these days is pretty volatile. That means keeping an eye on your tank is as important as ever. The good news is, there’s a lot you can do to help preserve your fuel economy and ensure you are making every penny count. Here are a few ways to get the most out of your gas mileage.

Get your engine checked and tuned up
The first step is the one that requires the most effort, but trust us, in the long run it's worth it. Sometimes there are things that only a professional can do, and an engine tune up is one of those. Repairing a car that's not tuned can save gas mileage by an average of 4%. Other jobs, like replacing a malfunctioning oxygen sensor, can improve your MPG up to 40%.

Keep an eye on your tire pressure
One of the easiest things you can do to help your fuel economy is keep your tires filled up. Tires with low air pressure are unsafe and will cost you in your quest to save on fuel. Riding on properly inflated tires will make your drive a little easier and help you save. But be careful because overly inflated tires can be just as, if not more dangerous. Buy a cheap tire gauge and check all four wheels every now and then to make sure you’re in good shape.

Cruise Control whenever you can 
Did you know cruise control not only helps you keep a steady speed, but also stops your from wasting gas? Utilizing cruise control whenever you can improves gas mileage by regulating your maximum speed and maintaining a constant pace.

Use your AC sparingly
Turning up the A/C at full blast might feel nice in the moment, but it also puts extra strain on your engine and makes it work a little harder. Surprisingly it can drain 10-15% of your fuel when temperatures reach 80 degrees or higher. Our recommendation is to save the cool blast of AC for when you really need it. 

Be smart behind the wheel
It’s always best to keep a cool head and try not to resort to some poor and unsafe driving habits. Things like rapidly accelerating from a stop or stopping short and slamming on the brakes at the last second. Even things like unnecessarily sharp turns and constantly weaving in and out of traffic lanes can dramatically reduce your fuel economy. At highway speeds, they can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 33%! 

If you have any questions about fuel economy, or need an engine tune up of your own, stop by Nalley Nissan Cumming and let our talented service team help make your car save money every time you fill up.

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