November 20th, 2013
With the cost of fuel climbing on a seemingly endless ascent, many of the drivers who visit our Maryland car dealer are eager for ways to save on fuel. While choosing a vehicle with standout fuel economy can make a big difference and our conscientious staff members are always happy to help you choose from Hyundai’s fuel efficient lineup, buying a new vehicle isn’t always in the cards.
Fortunately, there are plenty of other moves you can make to help cut back on your fuel usage. Even your driving habits can have a large impact on how much gas your vehicle uses. The simplest thing you can do to save gas is to aim for smoother driving on the road. Rapid acceleration and sudden braking both eat away at your car’s fuel efficiency.
Making use of your cruise control can help you control the throttle when you’re cruising on the highway, as long as you’re sure to stay alert and keep your eyes on the road for unexpected reasons to stop or slow down. Obeying the speed limit is also helpful, as fuel economy tends to drop off when traveling at excessive speeds.
Another key factor that Maryland drivers can focus on is one that they should be keeping track of anyway: maintenance. Many of the most basic and essential maintenance procedures can have the added bonus of helping to improve your fuel efficiency.
It’s important to keep your tires fully inflated, as reduced pressure can reduce your car’s efficiency. Check the sidewall of your tire for the recommended pressure, and get a reading before you drive or after your car has cooled down; the heat generated from driving can cause an inaccurate pressure reading.
Changing your air and oil filters regularly can also help your car to run more efficiently. Clean oil helps your car’s engine to run more efficiently, while your air filter ensures that the air that’s injected with your fuel is clean for more efficient burning in your cylinders.
Of course, the expert technicians at our Maryland car repair center are always here to help you determine what services your car needs most and to help you get back on the road quickly. If you have questions about your car’s maintenance or fuel efficiency, don’t hesitate to contact us directly at (301) 423-1100 or to stop by the service center. We’re open seven days a week; no need for an appointment, just bring it in!