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Tips for Improving Drivability of Your Car
We schedule regular check-ups for ourselves but we tend to overlook regular maintenance for our cars. Just like we do, our vehicle needs routine maintenance to diagnose and correct any potential health issues. Whether you have a brand new vehicle or a car that has logged over 100,000 miles, regular maintenance will improve drivability and improve the overall life of your car.
Below is a list of items that should be on your checklist for regular car maintenance. Be sure to refer to the owner’s manual for your vehicle to review the recommended car check-up schedule.
Check oil levels. Your engine is forced to work harder with low oil levels. Heavier weight oils can cause friction and force your engine to not only work harder but burn more fuel so be sure you are using the correct oil for your vehicle. Your owner’s manual will list the recommended oil type for your car.
Change the filters on a regular basis. If the air filters in your car are dirty, this can increase the amount of fuel used by up to 10% .
Check the spark plugs. If you want your car to last longer and your engine to burn gas more efficiently then it is important to replace spark plugs during routine auto check-ups.
Refill and replace basic fluids. Fluids to keep on your check list include wiper fluid, antifreeze, coolant and power steering fluid.
Pay attention to your tires. Underinflated tires can take a toll on fuel efficiency. Regularly check that tires are properly inflated and properly aligned.
Schedule regular fuel induction and intake system cleanings. Regular cleanings will help cycle gas in and exhaust out. Regular fuel induction and intake system cleanings will also help with fuel efficiency by preventing deposit build up.
Here are some tips that you can use on a daily basis to increase vehicle drivability:
Keep your car clean. Mud on the undercarriage can add unnecessary weight and slow you down.
Consolidate errands and trips. Aside from being a more efficient use of your time, this will reduce the cost of restarting your engine which requires a lot of gas.
Whenever possible, minimize the use of air conditioning. Be aware that at higher speeds, open windows can cause drag and reduce overall gas mileage.
Avoid sudden starts and stops. Gradual changes of speed are kinder to your engine and use less gas.
Reduce idle time. If you anticipate a lengthy wait, turn off your engine.
Clean out the trunk of the car. The added weight causes additional drag and leads to heavier gas usage.
Reducing your speed can improve gas mileage by as much as 15%. While it’s tough to resist a fast ride, try driving at 55 mph.
Utilize the cruise control function in your car. One sure way to improve gas mileage is to stay at a constant speed
Most importantly, schedule regular maintenance check-ups. At Mick’s Auto, we can help you keep your car in top condition year round with a complete auto care maintenance routine.