With gas prices continually getting higher, we thought it would be a good idea to do a blog on the simple things you can do to ensure you’re getting the highest MPG possible.
First thing you should do is make sure any unnecessary items are out of your car to ensure you are running as light and nimble as possible. Don’t bother moving out all your cd’s and maps, but you may want to consider taking the golf clubs out of the back, or moving all the equipment out of the back of your truck if you don’t need it. The more weight your car or truck has to move, the worse your MPG will be.
Next, check your air filter. The small part is often over looked, but if clean air can’t get to your engine, you might be paying for it at the gas pump. The way to check this is simple. Just remove the air filter and hold it up to the sun. Of you can’t see the light of day, then it’s time for a replacement.
Lastly, check your tire pressure. Underinflated tires result in more rolling resistance, and, as you may have guessed, higher rolling resistance means less MPG. Refer back to your owner’s manual to see how much pressure should be in your tires, and be sure to check them regularly.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to increase fuel efficiency, or would like a professional mechanic to take a look at your vehicle, swing by the service department at Plaza Cadillac. One of our certified mechanics would love to take a look at your car and get it running as efficiently as possible.