How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

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Some weeks it feels like you have to fill up the gas tank every day. While many cars are made more efficient than ever these days, it’s possible that you can be doing more to improve your fuel economy. Follow these tips from Highview Motors to make the most of each gallon.

Check Your Tires

In order to perform optimally, tires need to be inflated to their recommended PSI. If they’re low on air, they’re probably using more gas than they need. Check your tire pressure regularly.

Quit Idling

When you idle, your car is getting zero mpg, which is pretty crummy fuel efficiency. If you’re going to be still for more than 30 seconds, turn off your car to save gas.

Drive Slower

The ideal speed for the best fuel economy is 55 mph. If you’re in no hurry, and the speed limit will accommodate it, force yourself to let off the gas a little and cruise at this speed. Use cruise control to keep yourself in check, and you’ll get the best gas mileage on the highway.

Go Easy on the AC

Air conditioning uses up a lot of gas, so if you can suffer through a warm drive, do it. However, if you simply must be cooled down, AC is actually more efficient on the highway compared to windows down, which creates too much drag and decreases a car’s aerodynamics.

Five Ways to Celebrate Spring

Spring officially begins on March 20th. The first day of spring is called the Vernal Equinox and happens when there is an even divide between daylight and dark hours. If you’re ready to say goodbye to winter and celebrate spring, here are five fun things to do.

  1. Visit D.C. Every spring, the cherry blossoms along the Potomac River bloom in glorious shades of pink and white. Due to a warm February, peak bloom is expected to arrive sometime between March 14th and 19th.
  2. Travel to Mexico. If you happen to visit Chichen Itza and the ancient Mayan pyramid, El Castillo on the Equinox, you can watch the Return of the Sun Serpent, which is a shadow that travels down the steps of the pyramid to form the shape of a snake.
  3. Learn about the Easter bunny. Read more about the origins of the Easter bunny and how one theory believes it stems from the pagan festival of Eostre.
  4. Have a reunion. In Japan, spring is a time for family reunions. Plan a get-together for your family and dye Easter eggs or head outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.
  5. Do some gardening. Nothing says spring quite like beautiful flowers blooming. Add some new flowers or trees to your surroundings.

Here at Highview Motors, we hope everyone has a happy and healthy Spring.

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