Tips for Better Gas Mileage During the Summer

May 25th, 2021 by

tips for better gas mileage in 2021

Improve Your Vehicle’s Efficiency with Advice From Your Oklahoma Ford Dealership

Summertime means family road trip vacations, drive-in movies, and weekend visits to Lake Thunderbird for some outdoor recreation!

With these activities comes driving, and lots of it. With gas prices on the rise ahead of the season, you’ll want to do everything within your power to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to use less gas as you travel to and from your leisure destinations.

Try these gas-saving tips to see an increase in your car, truck, or SUV’s miles per gallon during the summer months.

Drive a Little Slower

We know that you and your family are antsy to get there, and you’re tired of hearing “Are we there yet?!” every two minutes. But any time you drive faster than 50 miles per hour, you can expect your vehicle’s fuel efficiency to drop.

For every 5 miles per hour over 50, it’s like you’re paying an extra 20 cents per gallon of gas, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Now, imagine you’re going to use two 15 gallon tanks on your trip. That’s $8 you could save to put toward anything else, like road trip snacks, souvenirs, or a bottle of sunscreen.

And assuming you do more driving than just summer road trip traveling, you could be looking at hundreds of dollars per year, just by slowing down a little bit. Take the slower, scenic route; it’s rewarding, even if it takes a little longer than the interstate with the faster speed limit.

Don’t Drive Aggressively

If you weave in and out of traffic, speed up quickly, slam on your brakes, and swerve on the roadway, you’re putting yourself at risk for an auto accident. In the meantime, you’re also wrecking your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Accelerating quickly – “flooring it” – or braking rapidly decreases your gas mileage by up to 33 percent on the highway and by five percent in the city, according to the DOE. To get better fuel economy from your tank of gas, speed up and slow down more gradually and give yourself plenty of space and time to do so.

Turn the Air Conditioner Down

Your car’s A/C unit turns your normally fuel-efficient ride into a gas-guzzling monster, and that’s not hyperbole! Especially on short jaunts, blasting the air conditioner decreases your vehicle’s fuel efficiency by 25 percent.

To save money, park your car in the shade so you don’t have to rely on the air conditioner to stay cool. If you’re taking only a short drive, consider rolling the windows down and enjoying the breeze.

Don’t Idle Your Engine

If your main concern is fuel efficiency, you might have to be a little less than comfortable for a few minutes. If you have to sit in your car while you wait for your curbside pickup, for your child after school, or in any other situation, turn your vehicle off – and don’t leave it in accessory. Idling – putting your car in park and leaving the engine running – is notorious for destroying fuel efficiency.

Roll your windows down for some fresh air if you’re ever parked for more than 10 seconds. Idling can use up to a half a gallon of gas per hour, depending on the vehicle you drive and the type of engine under the hood. Leaving the air conditioner on as you idle uses an additional three cents of fuel per minute.

Basically, there’s no need to idle your vehicle. If you’ve arrived early to your destination, park your car and go inside! If you’re waiting for a curbside pickup, roll the windows down instead.

Get an Oil Change at a Car Service Center

Almost every car dealership near you has a service center, like your local Oklahoma Ford dealership, Zeck Ford. They can accommodate quick oil changes that keep your engine lubricated and your car running.

Old oil decreases your vehicle’s fuel economy. The thicker the oil, the more fuel must be burned to pump it through. And if you’re low on oil, your engine could be permanently damaged.

Visit a Ford service center, like the one at Zeck Ford in Purcell, Oklahoma, for an oil change as often as your vehicle’s owner’s manual indicates you should have one. Even if you don’t drive a Ford, our car dealership will take care of your vehicle.

Check Your Tire Pressure, or Let a Ford Service Technician Do It For You

Also in your owner’s manual, you’ll find information about the tire pressure your vehicle requires. Keeping your tires inflated to this level will improve your fuel economy. The DOE says that you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3 percent simply by keeping your tires properly inflated.

For every single drop in psi – pounds per square inch – you’ll lower your gas mileage by about 0.2 percent. That’s not much, but in the long run, it will add up to an amount we’re sure you’d much rather have in your pocket.

When you come into the Ford Quick Lane for service at Zeck Ford, the Ford dealership Oklahoma loves, we’ll not only change your oil, but we’ll inflate your tires to the correct pressure, too.

The Ford Dealer Oklahoma Loves? Zeck Ford!

To take care of your Ford or any other make of vehicle, schedule an appointment for service at Zeck Ford using our online form. We’ll help you with oil changes, mechanical issues, tire rotations, fluid flushes, and more, to keep your vehicle running at its absolute best. Properly maintaining your vehicle also improves your fuel economy because everything works as it was designed.

This summer, before you hit the road for your family vacation, be sure to stop by our Ford service center at Zeck Ford on 2311 North 9th Avenue in Purcell for some vehicle pampering to boost your fuel efficiency.

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