Want to know how to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to gas? With proper auto maintenance you can increase your fuel economy, saving you money and time spent at the pump.
What to Watch For
Never underestimate the power of a routine tune-up. In addition to checking the spark plugs, the technician should replace any other ignition system or emission system parts as well as the fuel and air filters, adjust the ignition timing and idle speeds and ensure that the onboard computer control system is working properly. These simple checks can improve gas mileage by an average of four percent.
How you drive makes a difference, too. Aggressive driving can reduce fuel economy by as much as 33 percent on highways and five percent on city streets. Also try to avoid excessive idling, driving over the speed limit, and using the A/C.