Whether you’re traveling away from home or having a stay-cation, finding ways to save money on gas is always a plus. Check out some tips below for making fewer stops at the pump this summer.
Slamming your foot on the gas pedal will just waste fuel in the long run. Instead of having a lead foot, gradually ease on the gas pedal until you get up to speed.
Don’t stop completely, if possible
Any time you come to a full stop at a stop sign or red light, you use more gas when you accelerate. If you can, avoid routes with tons of traffic lights or stop signs. If traffic is slowing down, try to simply coast to a stop, in a safe manner, instead of slamming on the brakes.
Head to the furthest destination first
Warm engines are more efficient than cold ones, so instead of making several stops right after starting your vehicle, head to the furthest destination first and make your way back.
Keep the windows up on the highway
It’s a common belief that turning off your A/C helps you save on gas. This may be true for roads with lower speed limits, but if you roll your windows down at high speeds, you’ll create a large amount of drag. The more drag your vehicle faces, the harder it has to push to maintain speed, using a considerable amount of gas.
Inflate your tires properly
Keeping your tires properly inflated goes a long way in keeping your fuel costs down. Underinflated tires have to work harder to get your car moving, which means gas is getting guzzled with each flat spin.
If you want to get your vehicle in tip-top shape before your next road trip this summer, feel free to stop by and see us at Lancaster Toyota’s Service Department.