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Whether it is a trip to see your family and friends or the perfect vacation getaway, road trips are very popular this time of year. With a wide expanse of the country accessible by car, your destination options are endless. The only downside to driving to all these places is your vehicle can require a large amount of fuel to reach your destinations. You may be able to expand your gas range a bit longer with the tips below.
Shed Some of the Load:
Although suitcases and gear are an essential part of a road trip, shedding any extra weight can help increase your fuel efficiency. According to the U.S Department of Energy, 100 pounds of extra weight can reduce your MPG by 1%. Careful packing and shedding unnecessary items can help you save money on gas.
Check Your Tires:
Maintaining the correct pressure in your tires is not only safe; it will help you save fuel. Underinflated tires can negatively affect your fuel economy. Before your trip, make sure your tires are at the manufacturer’s recommended PSI, which is usually found in the owner’s manual or a placard on the door post, visible with the door open.
Watch your Speed:
Every vehicle reaches optimal fuel efficiency at a different speed. In most cases, gas mileage decreases after 50mph. Sticking to the speed limit can save your fuel while you take the time to enjoy the sight along your route.
Compare Gas Prices:
Checking gas prices before you pull up to the pump can help you find the best fuel price. With a little internet research on your phone, such as at www.gasbuddy.com (there is also an app available,) you can plan ahead and save a ton on fuel.
Do not Overfill the Tank:
When fueling up, you may feel the urge to keep clicking the nozzle at the gas pump until you get every drop possible. In reality, that fuel in an overfilled tank can seep out. When the automatic nozzle clicks, stop pumping. When you stop overfilling your tank and seal it properly, you will maximize fuel efficiency while reducing carbon emissions.
About Spirit West Rapid Refinish
Spirit West Rapid Refinish, established in 2011, was formed to focus on providing quality service for customers who are paying out of pocket for automobile repairs and streamline the workflow volume. We take great pride with teamwork and our commitment to making sure our team receives training on the latest innovative state-of-the-art equipment and collision repair techniques. We are proud to say our team is family and we treat our customers like family too. Whether you need minor collision repair services, bumper repair or vehicle paint, give us a call today to see how we can restore your vehicle to its original factory finish.
Spirit West Motor Carriage, founded in 1977, is a full-service auto body repair shop serving the St. Louis and surrounding Metro area. For nearly four decades, our family-owned business and our experienced staff have been providing quality auto collision repair, mechanical, paintless dent repair (PDR), complete paint refinishing, and wheel and framing alignment services.