As many sun-seeking folks head down to vacation at an Emerald Coast home, gas mileage (and prices) might become a concern for those taking to the road. No worries though. I’ve created a handy list of ways you can conserve gas and money during your trip.
- Keep Your Engine Properly Tuned
By simply maintaining your vehicle correctly, you can save anywhere from 4 percent (for repairing minor emission issues) to 40 percent!
- Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
You’ve probably heard this one before and for good reason. By simply pumping up those tires, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent. It might not be much if you’re driving only a few miles, but it adds up for those serious road trips.
- Use Your Vehicle’s Recommended Motor Oil Grade
Improve your gas mileage 1-2 percent by using your manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. Even better, use motor oil labeled “Energy Conserving” on the API performance symbol.
- Replace Your Air Filter
This may not directly affect your gas mileage on newer cars, but it does affect your vehicle’s overall performance. This quick and inexpensive change can improve your acceleration time by 6-10 percent. If you have an older car with a carbureted engine, this can improve your gas mileage by 2-6 percent.
- Cruise Control
Since most road trips involve lots of highway miles, give your foot a rest and set your cruise control. Doing so will not only prevent excessive gas guzzling, but also foot cramping.
- Avoid Excessive Idling
Contrary to popular belief, you do not use more gas starting your car than idling. So, if you’re taking a pit stop for the kids’ potty break, turn the engine off. This will save gas in the long-run, since idling can use up to a half-gallon of fuel per hour.
- Drive Sensibly
Aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway. You can also assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.31 per gallon for gas.
- Don’t Over Pack
A loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5 percent, while 100 pounds in the trunk reduces it by 1-2 percent.
While it might be difficult to follow it to a tee, mapping out your pit stops and breaks will make your trip more efficient. Driving around aimlessly while you search for a place to eat is a waste of time, gas, and money.
- Have a Blast!
OK, this one doesn’t save you any gas, but it sure saves stress! And while you’re visiting the beautiful Emerald Coast, contact Kerry Veach to see some Emerald Coast homes. With over 1,000 closings, 20+ years of experience and a full-time real estate team, it’s no surprise that 95% of Kerry’s business comes from referrals.
Don’t forget to check the Veach View Blog frequently to get more energy related news and money saving tips.