Help improve gas mileage with spring maintenance for your Vehicle | Families
As the seasons and weather changes, drivers will start hitting the roads for vacation. Winter salt, temperatures and pot holes can wreak havoc on your vehicle, so before you head out for spring break it’s a good idea to give your vehicle a maintenance check-up. Gates Automotive Center offers these maintenance tips that will make your road-trip a little more worry free and can save you some money at the gas pump.
Tune-up- Taking your vehicle to a mechanic for a tune up can help your car perform more efficiently and get better gas mileage. A tune-up should consist of checking brakes, wheel alignment and battery, which all take a beating during the winter. Your cooling system should also be checked. According to fueleconomy.gov, fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent, which is a savings of $.15 per gallon based on a fuel price of $3.87 per gallon.
Tires- Schedule an appointment to have your snow tires taken off. If you use all-weather tires, now is a good time to rotate your tires. Rotating your tires every 5,000 miles evens the wear and extends their life. Also, as the weather gets warmer and temperatures increase, tire pressure changes. Under-inflated tires reduce a vehicle's fuel efficiency by an average of 3 percent or $.12 per gallon, according to fueleconomy.gov.
Wash and detail- Give your car a good cleaning inside and out. You’ll definitely want to clear the road salt from the undercarriage.
“Extending the life of your vehicle is more important than ever these days, and it's important for drivers to proactively maintain their vehicles after the stress of cold weather months,” said Gates Automotive President Jim Fonzi. “There’s nothing worse than having your car breakdown on a road-trip.”