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.

Basic Car Maintenance Tips

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These tips are essential for keeping your car running smoothly.

Your car is one of your most important investments. It’s what gets you to work, to your friend’s house, and to your latest vacation destination.

However, if you fail to take care of it properly, it will fail you. These are some basic car maintenance tips to ensure that you car lasts as long as it should.

Check Your Fluids

This requires essentially no knowledge of cars. However, it does require you to keep a regular schedule. About once a month you should be checking your oil, windshield wiper fluid, and transmission fluid to make sure that you are good to go. Replace as necessary.

Keep Your Tires Inflated

While checking your fluids, you might as well check the air in your tires. Driving around on tires that aren’t properly inflated eventually leads to problems with both your car and your tires.

Wash Your Wipers

If you don’t wash your windshield wipers, they will start to leave streaks on your windshield. This makes it difficult to drive, especially at night. Keep them clean, and you’ll have fewer problems.

By following these simple maintenance tips, you ensure both the health of your car and your own safety. Once it becomes a habit, you’ll do it for the rest of your life.