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Every January, I'm full of ambition for the year ahead and eager to improve my life. But if you're like me, it only takes a few weeks before those lofty resolutions fade into oblivion.
If you want to keep your resolutions this year (and save money!), then be sure that fuel economy is on your list!
Fuel economy—the fuel you use for each mile you drive—is one of the most critical factors in determining your overall cost to own and operate a car. I have some easy tips for keeping your gas costs down in the New Year…as much as you can control it, anyway.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is an essential factor when striving for better fuel economy. Low tire pressure can increase rolling resistance, increasing the power your engine needs to push the vehicle forward.
Be sure to change your tires when needed and check your tire pressure frequently to ensure it doesn’t become a factor in your fuel economy.
Buy The Right Fuel For Your Vehicle
Another important tip is to buy the right fuel for your vehicle, even if this may be the more expensive premium.
Now, with this tip, we know what you’re thinking–how can I save on fuel economy if I buy more expensive gas?
Well, you won’t technically be saving on fuel economy. Still, you will fill your vehicle with high-quality gas that prevents wear and breakdown. This saves you money at the shop. And in a roundabout way, it can help your fuel economy slightly. High-quality fuel will ensure that your engine runs smoothly and efficiently, increasing your fuel economy.
Pay Attention To Speeding and Braking
You're probably wondering why we're even talking about speeding and breaking. Well, it's simple: when you speed, you use more gas than if you were to drive at a constant speed. This can be a real money-saver over time!
The same goes for braking. If you tend to slam on the brakes when approaching a red light or stop sign, those sudden stops are also using extra fuel—which means more money spent in the long run.
So what can you do? Try to slow down gradually instead of braking harshly (and don't accelerate too much).
Keep Up With Maintenance
Keeping your vehicle well-maintained and following proper driving habits can increase your fuel economy, saving money on gas and maintenance expenses. As the saying goes: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Visit Us At D&E
Contact us at D&E Auto Repair in Chico, CA. As a business, we put community first; our team is like a family, and we want to help you save money in any way we can! Schedule an appointment with us today, and together we will get your car running like it should all year long!