Feeling pained every time you pull up to the pump? You’re not alone.
Millions of Southern California motorists are getting pinched by the rising gas prices. But there are some things you can do to increase your gas mileage and squeeze every penny out of your tank.
“Believe it or not, having your tires properly inflated goes a long way to saving motorists on gas,” said Robert Marcial, Internet & Fleet Manager with Hemet Chrysler.
Marcial said that the exact amount of air required to properly inflate a tire will vary with the make and model of a car, so it’s important to check with the manufacturer for information.
“The use of nitrogen in the tire helps to keep tire pressure stabilized, also,” he said.
Marcial added: “With newer vehicles, use cruise control when driving on the freeway. The computer will determine what will get you the best gas mileage.”
Another gas saving tip is to always keep your tank at least half full, Marcial said, noting that this practice will keep the fuel pump from working overtime and increase your miles per gallon.
Additionally, keep up on your car’s regular maintenance of oil changes and tire rotations for optimum performance.
And for all those families out there who are reluctant to give up on their gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs, there are numerous new options in the car-buying arena that are much more fuel efficient and gas-savvy, including the new Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, Marcial said.
To learn more or to speak to a representative from Hemet Chrysler on how to maximize your vehicle’s driving potential, visit http://www.hemetcdjr.com/service/ask-a-tech-form.htm.
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