It’s starting to get warmer outside, the sun’s staying up longer and the trees are turning greener. What’s a more quintessential way to celebrate Summer than with a road-trip!
Whether youâ€™re driving an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish or a Toyota Prius C, fewer stops for fuel equals fewer “are we there yet?”s.
Now, you may be thinking something along the lines ofâ€œmy carâ€™s old or it has a huge engine, thereâ€™s no way I could even hope to have decent gas mileageâ€, but thatâ€™s not true!
Again, no matter what you drive, there are tips and tricks to maximize your carâ€™s efficiency.
- Donâ€™t use your car as an extra closet: Excess cargo adds weight and more weight means that the engine has to work harder to move the car, thus using more fuel. You may think itâ€™ll only be a minimal difference but itâ€™s the small things that add up.
- Inflate those tires: Keep your tire pressure at the recommended levels, often listed on a yellow sticker around the door frame. Underinflated tires are more resistance to rolling. Imagine trying to roll a soccer ball thatâ€™s all floppy; itâ€™s not going far without a lot of effort. The same goes for your car and its tires.
- Give your car some TLC and keep up with maintenance: Related to fuel economy, regularly replacing the air filter allows the carâ€™s engine to breathe better and extract more energy from each drop of fuel. Also, regular oil changes allow the internal components to move with less friction and therefore less effort.
I know, I know. It all feels a bit daunting in list form but, believe me, itâ€™s not too bad. Many of these items fall under regular vehicle maintenance so you should be doing those things alreadyâ€¦
Donâ€™t own a car? Use this knowledge to lecture a friend or family member and tell them to use the money that they saved on fuel to treat you to a nice dinner.
Onward to Adventure!