With the current high gasoline prices, it is more important than ever to know how to save gas. Jeff Wyler Florence Buick GMC encourages you to take a moment to review these useful gas saving tips below. Make sure to check out some of our great gas mileage vehicles and call us at 855-449-6669 to learn about the gas saving specials we currently have.
Great Gas Mileage Vehicles
2011 Buick LaCrosse – 19 mpg City/30 mpg Highway
2011 Buick Regal – 20 mpg City/30 mpg Highway
2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid – 20 mpg City/23 mpg Highway
2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid - 20 mpg City/23 mpg Highway
2011 GMC Canyon - 18 mpg City/25 mpg Highway
Actual Mileage may vary based upon how you drive and maintain your vehicle
Gas Saving Tips for Improving Gas Mileage
Highway driving that exceeds 60 miles per hour uses more fuel. According to the EPA, every 5 miles over the sixty mile per hour level is equivalent to paying 20 extra cents per gallon of gas. Observing the speed limit can improve mileage by 7-33%!
“Replacing worn tires with a manufacturer-recommended size and style can save hundreds of dollars per year. To improve fuel economy performance, consider low rolling-resistance replacement tires.
Keeping tires inflated to at least the manufacturer-recommended pressure can improve fuel economy by up to 3 percent, according to the EPA. Under-inflated tires require more energy to roll, meaning more fill ups.
Make sure you change your air filter at the end of its recommended life span. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve a vehicle’s gas mileage by up to ten percent.
Don’t ignore warning lights. Ignoring these indicators may result in poor fuel economy performance and require expensive repairs. A light may indicate a faulty oxygen sensor which can result in a forty percent fuel decline.
Improperly maintained brakes can result in unwanted drag. This unnecessary resistance can have the same effect as driving with a foot on the brake pedal… a dramatic drop in fuel economy!
Avoid rapid starts and stops, often called “jack rabbit”. Gentle acceleration and braking can save more than one dollar per gallon, according to the EPA. When drivers avoid rapid starts and stops, they are not only practicing safe driving habits, but also reducing the energy required to get the vehicle moving again.
The inside of a vehicle heats up quickly in the summer sun, reaching 120 degrees in just 10 minutes! That can mean more air conditioning use, and that means more fuel use. Try to park in the shade and consider investing in a heat reflector to shield the sun.
Plan your driving trips! Even Saturday shopping can help reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions. One of the easiest ways to plan trips is to purchase a navigation system to find the shortest distance to your destination. And it can make the Saturday shopping trip more relaxing too!
Use cruise control! Cruise control can provide a seven percent average fuel savings per year. These benefits come largely from driving on flat terrains. Using cruise control on ten thousand of the miles driven in a year could save you nearly two hundred dollars and save more than 60 gallons of fuel!
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent.
Avoid prolonged warming up of the engine - 30 to 45 seconds is plenty of time.
Avoid "reving" the engine, especially just before you switch the engine off; this wastes fuel needlessly and washes oil down from the inside cylinder walls, owing to loss of oil pressure.
Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds. Open windows cause air drag, reducing your mileage by 10%.
Regular tune-ups ensure best economy; check owner's manual for recommended maintenance intervals. Special attention should be given to maintaining clean air filters... diminished air flow increases gas waste.
Car pools reduce pollution, travel monotony and gas expense - all riders chip in to help you buy. Pooling also reduces traffic congestion, gives the driver easier maneuverability and greater "steady speed" economy.
You can improve your gas mileage by 1–2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. Also, look for motor oil that says "Energy Conserving" on the API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives.