Friday, September 26, 2014

Tips for Getting the Best Gas Mileage

Gas prices are up, gas prices are down, but it really doesn’t matter because you have places to go and people to see. But all that racing around town can impact your wallet, and how are you going to wine and dine with your friends if you’ve spent all of your money on gas? Melloy Dodge has put together some quick tips to get the most miles out of your gas tank.

First of all- drive sensibly! Rapid acceleration, speeding, and constant braking all waste gas! Some estimates report that eliminating these ultra-aggressive driving behaviors can increase your gas mileage by up to 33% percent. To put it another way… you can save a significant amount of money by practicing a little patience. Try to accelerate slowly, brake only when necessary, and drive under speeds of 50 mph.

Simple maintenance is also important not just for safety, but for fuel efficiency. Check your owner’s manual for your car’s ideal tire pressure and make sure that you are keeping your tires in the proper inflation range. This easy practice can help you to travel a little further each week, as can using the recommended grade motor oil when it comes time for your oil change. Look for an oil that says “energy conserving” and has the API endorsement. At our service center, we can answer any questions for you about general maintenance and help you get your car in peak, fuel-saving shape.

Be smart about how and when you drive- combine errands into one trip to save time and money, and when it’s time to buy a new car, select a model with excellent fuel economy. The U.S. Department of Energy has given the Dodge Avenger and Challenger very high ratings, and our Dodge Dart has a wealth of features designed with fuel efficiency in mind. On a tankful of gas, the Dart has been known to travel as many as 541 highway miles. That kind of fuel economy will leave you with plenty of cash to spend on doing the things you love. Fill it and forget it! Do you have some questions about the fuel efficiency of our models? Ready to see how far a Dodge can take you? Give us a call and let’s go for a ride!

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