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  • Fuel Efficiency Tips for O’Fallon, IL Area Drivers

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    The price of gas always seems to be heading up, especially as summer approaches. When you are feeling the pinch at the pump it can feel like there is nothing that you can do about it. Even though you can’t do anything about fuel prices, there are some things that you can do to reduce your consumption and keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket. Here are just a few ways that you can increase your fuel efficiency.

    Keep Your Maintenance Schedule

    It is a well-known fact that a well-maintained vehicle consumes less fuel and produces fewer emissions, but many still neglect the routine maintenance that ensures maximum fuel economy and still wonder why they are paying so much to fuel up. Making that maintenance appointment can save you big bucks on gas mileage over the life of your vehicle.

    Pay Attention To Your Tires

    One of the biggest burners of gasoline is nowhere to be found in the engine. Rather, the culprit is probably the treadwear. Tires that are excessively worn or underinflated have a higher amount of rolling resistance, which makes the engine work harder to go the same distance.

    Check Your Batteries

    One of the biggest drains on the resources of your car is a low battery or corroded battery cables. Any kind of battery problem can lead to your alternator working harder to start your vehicle and burning more fuel as you drive.

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    Moderate Your Speed

    While it may be satisfying to hear your engine roar as you get up to highway speed, it is also expensive. When you are accelerating, gradually get up to speed and don’t make your engine work so hard. The labor your engine expands in rapid acceleration will be felt at the gas pump.

    Have a Light Touch On The Brake

    Few are aware the toll that heavy or hard braking exerts on your engine, and suddenly jerking to a halt is a waste of energy that your vehicle is burning right from the gas tank. Not only is it fuel efficient, but it is hell on your braking system as well.

    Do you need more tips on how to drive with better fuel efficiency? Your O’Fallon area service experts at Full Circle Auto Service are waiting for your call!