Gas-saving tips for your vehicle

June 10th, 2015

Fuel Economy TN & VAOn our Facebook page, we recently posted that you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent with properly inflated tires. It's a good idea because driving on tires at the appropriate inflation level is safer as well as more economical. And to ensure your tires keep that fuel efficiency, you should also consider inflating them with nitrogen. As a dry, inert gas, nitrogen doesn't expand and contract with the temperature like oxygen does, so it maintains your tires at the right PSI longer than compressed air. You can find out more about nitrogen inflation here: 

While sustaining your tire inflation levels is a good start on maximizing fuel efficiency, you can boost your gas mileage even more with the simple suggestions listed below.

Map out routes and combine travel. Making several cold starts for short jaunts consumes a lot of gasoline. If you can coordinate your car travel to take one longer, multi-part journey rather than several shorter ones, it will decrease fuel use. Additionally, planning out your route to avoid stops where your engine idles will save gas, since idling gobbles gas up.

Don't use your vehicle for storage. The more weight you carry on your body, the more energy you expend to move it. The same applies to your vehicle. So if you're carting junk in the car trunk or hauling equipment in your truck bed that you rarely use, clean it out!

Be savvy about the seasons. In summer, vehicle air-conditioning use can drag down your gas mileage by 25 percent or more. To offset such a drastic drain, consider parking in the shade, lowering the windows and letting the cabin air out and cool down before turning on the AC, not running the AC while the engine is idling and switching it off periodically when you're cool enough.

In winter, power is drained by heaters and seat warmers and letting the vehicle run several minutes before driving, all of which cuts into your gas mileage. Also, engines take longer to reach their most fuel-efficient temperature in cold weather, further reducing fuel efficiency. To counter this, only idle the engine for 30 seconds or so before beginning to drive, wait until the engine has warmed up to turn on heating devices, and, again, try to combine trips, so that you spend longer driving at your engine's most economical temperature.

Give your vehicle regular maintenance. Keeping your vehicle properly maintained will most certainly add to its gas mileage. So follow your owner's manual guidance on scheduled maintenance to change the oil, replace filters, check spark plugs, rotate tires and all other types of service. While all of the suggestions above can help you save gas, having your car regularly maintenanced will extend its working life, too.

So if your car hasn't had a tune-up in a while, why not let Free Service Tire do it for you? Contact us online or call one of our regional locations ( and schedule an appointment today. Your vehicle's gas mileage can only benefit from it!

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