Invest gas savings into your vehicle

If your wallet feels a little heavier these days, it might be because you have been spending a lot less at the pump. If you spend some of that gas savings on auto care, you can save even more in the long run.

Motorists can be more car care aware by performing simple steps to improve fuel economy and save money.

Engine performance: Keeping your engine running efficiently will improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.

Tire pressure: Properly inflated tires improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.

Motor oil: Improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.

Air filters: Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.

Gas cap: Damaged, loose or missing gas caps allow gas to vaporize into the air.

Fix it: Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to fueleconomy.gov.

In addition to vehicle maintenance, modifying driving habits, such as observing the speed limit and avoiding quick stops and starts, can also increase fuel efficiency. Consolidating trips, avoiding excessive idling and removing unnecessary items from the trunk are also easy ways to lower fuel consumption.

(Car Care Council)

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