Tips for Improving Fuel Economy on Road Trips

fuel economy on road trips

We’ve all noticed gas prices creeping back up in the last couple of months, and on long road trips, fuel can be one of the biggest expenses. Follow these tips for improving fuel economy on road trips and save a few bucks on your next vacation.

Before you leave on your trip, take your car to a mechanic or your dealership for an inspection. Keeping your car in great shape is the best way to lower fuel use, which means making sure your tires are properly inflated and aligned, your air filter is clean, and your engine is working properly. This also lowers your chances of breaking down!

Pack as light as you can. The heavier your load, the harder your engine has to work. On the road, keep your speed even and not too high, and avoid sudden braking. You’d be amazed how much gas you can save by coasting. This may also be a good time to engage your cruise control if it’s available in your car.  Avoid idling whenever possible as well—but that doesn’t mean turning your engine off at stoplights. Cars with stop/start technology are a great investment for this!

Follow these simple tips to help you get the most miles on your next road trip this summer.  For more tips or questions regarding your vehicles maintenance, stop by Mazda of Lake Charles today!

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