Summer is full of friends, adventure, and fun—but it also comes with higher gas prices and lower fuel efficiency. This means you are spending more money on gas when you would much rather be spending it on other things. Fortunately there are several things you can do in summer to improve gas mileage and save some green. These are just a few tips to help you get started:
- Adjust Air Conditioner
Most drivers know that to save on gas mileage in the summer they need to limit use of the air conditioning as much as possible. But repeatedly blasting the A/C on high for a few minutes and then shutting it off completely is not the most efficient method. Instead the best thing to do is adjust the temperature setting to somewhere in the middle. Set it to where you cool the air just enough to remain comfortable, but not cooling more than you need to.
- Roll Down the Windows
Before turning on the air conditioning, roll your windows down to let hot air out. This helps lessen the burden on your A/C system. And when you are driving through the city or suburban streets at lower speeds, by all means, keep those windows down if it isn’t too hot. It gives your air conditioning a break and you don’t have to worry as much about the drag. That said, rolling down the windows is only partly effective at highways speeds. This is because it causes more aerodynamic drag and impact fuel efficiency.
- Park in the Shade
Sometimes the simplest practices are the most effective. By parking in shaded areas, or even using a sunshade, your car does not heat up as much. Then it follows that your car does not need as much cooling when you get back inside. You don’t have to wait in the heat for your car to cool down, and you don’t spend as much money at the pumps—win, win.
- Check Your Tires
Even though tires do not lose as much air pressure in the summer, you still want to check and make sure they are inflated properly. If you drive on underinflated tires, there is a lot of resistance. As a result, it takes more power to make them spin. Also, hot asphalt puts you at a greater risk of blowout. In addition to tire pressure, you also want to make sure your tires are in alignment and routinely rotated for best possible fuel efficiency.
- Get Rid of Unnecessary Bulk and Weight
Summer is a time for vacations, bike rides, kayaking and the like. This might tempt you into leaving things like luggage racks, bikes, and cargo boxes in and on your car at all times. That way you are prepared for anything, right? The trouble is the extra weight can really impact gas mileage. You actually want to remove these items when you are finished using them to improve efficiency.
- Keep Up With Routine Vehicle Maintenance in Ortonville, MI
Last, but not least, you should continue your routine auto repair and maintenance in Ortonville, MI this summer. As we head into summer, call Holly Tire at (248) 634-9011 for an oil change or other maintenance. Or you can bring your car to 15140 N Holly Rd Holly, MI 48442 for a maintenance check before heading off on your next summer adventure.