How to Get Better Gas Mileage on a Summer Road Trip

Gas Mileage Tips

petrol-162948_640-300x210With the official start of summer on June 21, many people across America are gearing up for a summer road trip. But with gas becoming increasingly expensive, you may be looking for ways to ensure your car is as fuel efficient as possible on your upcoming trip. So if you are living in Mission Viejo and are packing up for a summer drive across the country, consider these tips on how to get better gas mileage on your summer road trip.

Slow it Down

Although you may be excited to reach your destination, studies have proven that when you drive your vehicle at high speeds, you decrease your gas mileage significantly. You obviously cannot drive excessively slow, particularly on highways where this would endanger you, but you can consider sticking to a lower speed than normal. According to a study released by the government every 5 mph you drive above 50 mph costs you enough gasoline to be the equivalent of 24 cents extra a gallon for gas.

Accelerate Slowly

sign-161175_640-240x300Some have said to picture an egg under your gas pedal while you accelerate. Aggressive driving where you slam on your brakes and punch the accelerator frequently will destroy your gas mileage. Cutting down on your aggressive driving can save you not only gas money, but also can save you from getting involved in accidents.

Keep Those Tires Inflated

flatfoot-76564_640-300x199One of the number one reasons people suffer from poor gas mileage is because their tires are not properly inflated. Be sure to check your tire pressure against the manufacturer’s recommended PSI. Under inflated tires can cost you countless dollars in gas money and also can pose a risk for rollovers and other accidents.

Ditch the Rooftop Cargo Container

It is better to find an alternate way of carrying your excess luggage than by using a rooftop cargo container. When you add the cargo to the top of your car you cut down your gas mileage significantly. Studies have shown though that a cargo carrier attached to the back of your vehicle does not have a negative effect upon your gas mileage.

For more tips and help getting your car ready for an upcoming summer trip, talk to your auto shop specialists at Japanese Car Specialties in Mission Viejo.