Modern Tire Dealer

DEC 2018

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—3— M ost everyone who is looking to buy a new car or maintaining a used one is concerned with fuel economy. When measured in gallons, it is a function of how far one gallon of fuel will get you down the road. Typically stated in terms of city miles, highway miles, and combined miles, the ratio of fuel to miles is a critical number for most drivers in today's economy. Green is Good There are other reasons to care about gas mileage, in addition to the impact of what you pay at the pump. According to the Department of Energy, buying certain types of vehicles, electric or hybrid, could mean big tax breaks, but buying gas guzzlers means a potential penalty for manufacturers, which is no doubt passed down to buyers. 1 The motivation behind these governmental penalties and incentives is a cleaner environment. So, let's look at some important ways that you can increase that mpg and do your part for your pocketbook and the planet. ■ Slow Down and Calm Down: A Consumer Reports study revealed that each acceleration, like those common in aggressive driving, boosts gas usage. Also, increasing your speed from 55 mph to 75 mph turns your com- pact car into a large SUV in terms of gas mileage. 2 So, speed- ing down the road or weaving through traffi c is not only unsafe but will certainly cost you and the atmosphere in the long run. ■ Lose Weight: Avoid carrying unnecessary extra weight inside or outside the car. The DOE 2018 report states that an extra 100 pounds can decrease fuel economy by about 1%. No, we're not talking about your 12-year-old here. He can certainly come along. The idea is to remove any items that are not essential for the trip you are making. The few minutes you invest in cleaning out your car can yield big payoffs in fuel effi ciency. ■ Love Your Vehicle: Understanding your vehicle is the fi rst step to caring for it. Read your owner's manual and commit to proper and timely maintenance to make the most of your fuel and keep your car running smoothly. The Car Care Council suggests checking your tire pressure regularly, using the right motor oil, keeping fi lters clean and functioning, staying on top of engine performance issues, and immediately fi xing anything that breaks. 3 [1] FEG2018.pdf [2] effi ciency/how-to-get-the-best-fuel-economy-now/ [3] Better-Gas-Mileage How to Save Money and the Planet… ONE MILE AT A TIME

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