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How You Can Improve Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

With the costs of gas remaining high, fuel economy is one of the most important considerations for drivers today—in fact, it can directly influence your vehicle choice when purchasing a new car. Sometimes the nature of the car itself can lead to lower overall fuel efficiency, as is the case with larger diesel trucks, for instance. However, even the most gas-guzzling vehicles are not immune to slight changes in our own routines. Vehicle maintenance, inspections, and driving habits are some of the easiest ways to increase fuel efficiency. Here are some tips on how you can improve your own car’s fuel efficiency:

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Change Oil & Filter Regularly

Changing your car’s oil and filter on a routine basis is one way to ensure that your car runs its best at all times. The oil we put in our cars is what keeps the various engine parts running smoothly; when the oil is running low, or becomes contaminated with dirt and debris, it can have a seriously adverse effect on our fuel economy. When the oil is not up to standard, your engine has to work twice as hard to get the same results, which translates into using more gas. Likewise, when the oil filter becomes too filthy it can make it difficult for your car to perform routine functions, requiring more fuel. Having a trusted auto specialist inspect your oil and filter on a regular basis can keep your engine running well, without using excessive amounts of fuel to perform basic functions.

Evaluating Your Driving Habits

Most people don’t want to hear it, but sometimes lower fuel economy can be a direct result of their own driving habits. If you have a lead foot, we can’t fault you for wanting to have some fun here and there; however, excessive use of the gas pedal such as regular, unnecessarily quick acceleration can drain your car of its gasoline rather quickly. Furthermore, being hard on your car everyday takes a toll on various parts of your engine and total vehicle, which over time can create conditions that require your car to use more power to function properly and therefore more fuel. Taking quick turns, not slowing down enough for speed bumps, or slamming on your brakes can all take a gradual toll on your car—taking care of the problem sometimes means that you consider adjusting the way you drive. Additionally, commutes that typically involve stop-and-go traffic conditions can significantly impact your fuel efficiency.

Routine Inspections

Some of the typical car parts that directly influence fuel efficiency are: spark plugs, air filters, and fuel injectors. By having routine inspections performed on your vehicle you can not only save a load of money in repair costs down the line, but you can also save tons of money in gas expenses. The more often your car can be looked at by professional, the better—this allows for more opportunity to catch issues before they become serious problems leading to expensive repair bills. Air filters need to be changed regularly, spark plugs can become work out, and fuel injectors can become clogged—all which lead to heavily affected gas mileage. During routine inspections, your automotive specialist can determine what factors are most salient to the problem at hand, i.e. lowered fuel efficiency, and recommend the most cost-effective methods of repair. Furthermore, they can help you prevent issue from occurring in the first place, which is the best method of vehicle maintenance.

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How We Can Help

The automotive experts here at Import Auto Maintenance know how important fuel efficiency is to our clients, and we are familiar with the various ways to help improve it. Located in Nashville, TN, where traffic conditions can be insufferable, we also see plenty of clients who are frustrated with their lower fuel economy. It is our mission to address the issue of the client first, and find ways to help improve their situation by addressing it at its source. Although we can’t help the traffic conditions, we can help your vehicle better withstand the wear and tear associated with it. If you would like to learn more about how to improve your fuel efficiency, contact us directly—we look forward to becoming your go-to automotive service in the future.