Improving Your Fuel Economy

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gas pumpWith the holidays coming up, who wouldn’t benefit from having a little extra spending money? Furthermore, who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to spend less money on gas each month?

If you enjoy filling up your gas tank and paying high gas prices, you are definitely out of the ordinary (and maybe a little crazy). If you’re like the rest of us, you relish the thought of spending less time and money on gasoline.

Improving your fuel economy doesn’t have to mean buying a newer, more fuel efficient car—although here at Paul Obaugh Ford, we have plenty of those in stock!

There are some simple things you can do to help maximize the fuel economy of your current vehicle.

  • In terms of buying gas, do your best to plan ahead so you don’t have to fill up on weekends or close to holidays. Weekends and holidays mean higher gas prices. See where gas prices are lowest near you, but don’t drive far out of your way just to take advantage of saving a couple cents per gallon. Use common sense when filling up.
  • Pay close attention to your vehicle’s maintenance needs. A well-maintained car, truck, or SUV will guzzle less gas than a vehicle in dire need of a tune-up.
  • Observe your travel patterns. Are you spending a lot of time in traffic during your work commute? If so, try to alter your route or your departure times. Get to work a little early or leave a little later to avoid rush hour, if possible. Sitting in traffic is not only terribly “un-fun,” but it also wastes precious fuel.

Remember these simple hints, and start improving your fuel economy little-by-little!

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