As Americans hit the roads for driving season, your vacation trip can be less expensive if you maintain your vehicle for the best gas mileage. Here are six tips from Carcare.org on increasing the miles you get from each gallon of fuel:

  • Tune up – properly tuned vehicles can improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent
  • Tire Pressure – proper inflation can net a 3 percent gas mileage improvement
  • Motor Oil – get a 1 or 2 percent increase in mileage by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer
  • Air Filters – replacing clogged filters adds mileage and improves auto performance
  • Gas Cap – damaged or missing caps allow fuel to vaporize
  • Fix It – getting a serious maintenance problem like a faulty oxygen sensor fixed can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent

The U.S. Department of Energy also has an entire webpage filled with tips on driving more economically:

  • Cutting aggressive driving and fast starts can increase mileage by up to 33 percent
  • Hauling cargo in the trunk or in rear-mount cargo boxes instead of on a roof rack can increase mileage by up to 17 percent
  • Removing excess weight increases gas mileage
  • Avoiding excessive idling can save a quarter to a half gallon of gas per hour
  • Use cruise control
  • Going over 50 mph decreases your gas mileage

The Energy Department website also has a feature that can help you find the most fuel efficient vehicles to buy.

To get the most mileage from your auto insurance, call a California Casualty advisor for a free policy review, 1.800.800.9410 or visit www.calcas.com.

Resources for this article:

http://carecare.org

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/

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