Now that Spring is here, gas prices will be on the rise through Memorial Day. With personal budgets already stretched to the breaking point, what can you do to save money on your car expenses? Here are five tips to getting improved fuel mileage from whatever you drive:
1) Check your tire pressure: Underinflated tires can decrease your mileage as much as 2 or 3 MPG, so be sure to keep them inflated to the pressure recommended by your manufacturer.
2) Change your air filter: a dirty air filter can decrease mileage by 10%.
3) Switch to synthetic oil: synthetic oil can add 1 or 2 mpg.
4) Make sure your car is properly tuned: worn spark plugs or faulty sensors can seriously impact mileage.
5) On the highway, use cruise control: cruise control maintains more consistant throttle settings than a driver can, which reduces fuel consumption. Never use cruise control in the rain or on slippery surfaces.