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Fuel Efficiency Tips For The Summer

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Summer is here, which means more traveling for you and your family. Fuel efficiency is on our minds more when we are driving more.

Here are some tips that can help you get the most out of every gallon of gas.

Low tires can rob you of several miles per gallon. Being down several pounds on air pressure can increase rolling resistance by quite a bit. Look on the door sticker of your vehicle for the proper inflation pressure.

For safety and efficiency, make sure your tires are in good shape because worn tires also affect the performance of your car. Closely related is wheel alignment … a car that is out of alignment will also have increased rolling resistance, killing your fuel economy and wearing out a good set of tires prematurely.

Extra weight you are carrying in the trunk can affect fuel efficiency. If you don’t need it right away, take it out. Roll windows down instead of using the AC unless you are on the highway at higher speeds. Also, keep in mind that bug deflectors and roof racks can impact the aerodynamics of your vehicle.

All of the following will positively affect fuel efficiency if properly maintained:

• Air filter.

• Spark plugs and other ignition components.

• Oxygen sensors.

• Check engine light.

• Dirty or wrong fluids in differentials, transfer cases and transmissions.

• The wrong viscosity motor oil.

Finally, accelerate slowly and control speed. Don’t charge up to a red light and brake hard. Also, the difference in fuel you will use at 55 mph compared to 70 mph is enormous. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, at 70 mph you lose 17 percent of your fuel economy and at 75 mph it's 25 percent. The numbers get worse from there.

- Doug

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Crystal Lake – 123 E. Virginia, (815) 356-0440

Barrington – 417 W. Main Street, (847) 381-0454

Fox River Grove – 416 Northwest Highway, (847) 639-4552

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