Preparing Your Car for a Road Trip

November 14, 2018

There isn’t any better time than today.

“Proper vehicle care is crucial during the travel season,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “With gasoline prices exceeding a typical $3 per gallon for the first time ever, performing a couple of basic, cheap maintenance checks will create road trips both safe and fuel efficient.”

In light of the high gas costs, the Car Care Council suggests that you listen to these things:

Here are some fuel-saving driving hints from the Car Care Council:

  • Vehicle gas caps. About 17% of cars’  gas caps are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  • Underinflated tires. When tires aren’t inflated properly, it’s just as though you are driving with the parking brake on, which can cost you a mile or two per gallon.
  • A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes gas. Spark plugs have to be replaced.
  • Dirty filters. An air filter that’s clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture — a lot of gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to eliminate power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by up to 10 percent, saving about 15 cents.
  • Do not be an aggressive driver. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by up to 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent.
  • Letting the vehicle warm up for one minute is adequate.
  • Observe the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds over 60 mph. Every mile is going to lead to an extra cost of 10 cents per gallon.
  • Use cruise control to keep a steady speed on the highway.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the”Be Car Care Aware” campaign, educating consumers about the benefits of regular vehicle care and repair.

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