While the amount of fuel your vehicle consumes has a lot to
do with the type of car you’re driving, there are certain things you can do to
help cut down on your visits to the gas pump. The following are a few tips to
help you drive more economically.
Keep up with regular maintenance
If you want your engine to be more efficient, you have to
make sure it’s running as smoothly as possible. That means taking it in for its
routine maintenance, which includes an oil change and tire rotation. Fresh oil
that is the right specification for your vehicle will allow your engine to
perform at its best. Also, make sure you check your tire pressure regularly,
since under-inflated tires can cause your car to use more fuel. Your car’s
recommended tire pressure can be found in your owner’s manual.
Prepare for your journey
As you get ready to hit the open road, there are a few
things that you can do to be more economical. Reduce the amount of weight in
your vehicle by taking out items that you don’t need. You can also decrease the
drag on your car by taking down any roof racks or boxes you might have on top
of your vehicle. Avoid starting your engine before you’re ready to go and make
sure you plan the shortest route possible as you head off.
The way you drive can influence how much fuel you consume
throughout your journey. Smooth, gentle accelerations and slow decelerations
will help keep from using too much fuel. You will also notice a change in fuel consumption
if you reduce the amount you use your air conditioning. Instead, try opening
the window when you’re driving at slow speeds. Another tip is to stay within
the speed limit. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use.
One of the best ways to stay on top of car maintenance and improve your fuel efficiency is to bring your car in for service at regular intervals. Schedule an appointment today at Sunny King Honda.
One task you should do is have your brakes checked. Fallen leaves, rain, snow and ice are frequent hazards of fall and winter weather, which make things much more slippery. Good brakes can be the difference between getting in an accident and avoiding one. If your brake pads or thin or you have other issues, get it repaired before the weather gets any worse.
Make sure your headlights and taillights are working, and if you notice they’re foggy or dirty, now is a great time to clean them. In snowstorms, fog, and other bad weather, you want to make sure you can see well, and that other cars can see you.
Get an oil change if you’re due for one, and change your wiper blades. If you live in a snow-heavy area or if you’re traveling to one, then you might want to consider winter wiper blades, which are better at combatting snow and ice.
Check Your Battery
Finally, have both your battery and your heating and cooling systems checked. Not only is this important for staying warm, but it also keeps your engine at a normal temperature. And batteries are much more vulnerable to dying in cold weather, so if it’s old or weak, consider replacing it.
These are just a few maintenance tasks you should complete during the fall. For more fall service tips, reach out to us at Sunny King Honda!
Spring is here, and with the weather warming up it’s time to do a few easy maintenance tasks to help our cars recover from the harsh winter months. Follow these spring car care tips to get your car ready for the warm weather!
First of all, if you have winter-specific parts on your car, like winter tires and winter wipers, it’s a good time to change them out for all-season ones. Winter tires don’t work well in warm weather because their rubber is too soft, and winter wipers are better for snow than rain.
If you haven’t had an oil and filter change recently, get one now—your oil is probably dirty, since cold weather makes your engine work overtime. While you’re at it, have your fluids topped off and checked for leaks. You should also have your battery tested to make sure it’s still going strong.
Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house! Give your car a thorough wash inside and out to make your windows easier to see through and prevent rust from the buildup of salt and other chemicals on your car’s exterior.
Check your air conditioning. You’ll want it working before the hot weather hits, so if something is wrong with it, get it fixed ASAP! If you need to schedule spring service for your car, give us a call at Sunny King Honda.