Friday, May 22, 2009

Gas Prices are on the Rise

If you've went to fill up your gas tank in the past couple days you've noticed the summer time price rise has started. I'm posting some advice from Jiffy Lube on helping us to get the best mileage per gallon from our vehicles.

SAVE MONEY AT THE PUMP – and in the Long Run with Vehicle Maintenance
We can shave off dollars and cents every day by doing little things. The tips below from the car-care experts at Jiffy Lube will not only help keep your vehicle in top shape – helping to avoid potentially costly breakdowns in the future – and put a few dollars back in your pocket.

· Tires: Tires can be gas bandits as under-inflated tires create extra friction where the rubber meets the road. Incorrectly inflated tires also wear unevenly, which can impact your vehicle’s traction on the road and possibly lead to a dangerous blowout. According to the Federal Government+, you can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. You can find your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure information in the vehicle owner’s manual or often on a decal typically in the vehicle’s door jamb or in the vehicle owner’s manual.

· Oil Grade: Motor oil lubricates the engine, keeping it cool and reducing friction between moving parts. As the motor oil circulates, it also cleans away harmful dirt and contaminants. When motor oil gets too dirty, it loses some of its lubrication and absorption abilities. According to the Federal Government, using your vehicle owner’s manual recommended grade oil can improve your gas mileage up to 2% -- savings which can add up over time! Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for the correct grade of motor oil for your vehicle.

· Lighten Your Load: Extra weight means more strain on your vehicle and more fuel burn. According to the Federal Government, vehicle drag can decrease your vehicle’s fuel efficiency by 2%. Leave unnecessary items at home before hitting the road, but keep the essentials like a vehicle emergency kit.

· Avoid Aggressive Driving: According to the Federal Government, rapid acceleration/braking can lower your gas mileage up to 5% around town.

· Carpooling: Taking advantage of carpools could drastically reduce your gas usage. Not only will you save a few bucks, but you’ll get to spend more time with friends and family!

Remember to check out your public transit system. In Cache Valley the bus runs at no expense to it's riders. Kids love a bus ride, it's an adventure for them, and it helps save some money.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Shiree, I didn't realize it was you who was doing this blog until I talked to Ginger today. I started following it when she mentioned it on facebook. It's great, and I am learning a lot!! Thank you for doing this :)