Summer is on the way, and so are higher gas prices. Each year, the price at the pump tends to go up just as the kids get out of school. It's no coincidence — with more people hitting the road for family vacations and weekend getaways, there's more demand for gas in the summer than other seasons. Still, these rising prices can really take a financial toll, so follow the tips to help save gas and make those costly fill-ups less frequent.
- Buy the right gas: Some people believe that buying a higher grade of gas gives your car better mileage, but that's not the case. Your car runs well on the grade of gas that is recommended by the manufacturer. Buying a higher grade is just throwing out money.
- Inflate your tires: Keep your tires inflated according to the air pressure recommendation found in the owner's manual and on the sticker on the driver's side door jamb. The proper inflation can improve your gas mileage by over three percent, which adds up over time.
- Remove heavy objects: A loaded roof rack or old camping equipment in the trunk weighs down your car and reduces fuel efficiency. In fact, every 100 pounds can reduce your mileage by two percent. Remove any items from your car that you're not currently using for improved performance.
- Close the windows: If you're moving faster than 45 mph, the wind resistance caused by opened windows can reduce your gas mileage by up to 10 percent. Roll up the windows when driving at a steady, fast speed.
- Drive steadily: For every 5 mph over 60 mph that you drive, you lose up to 10 percent of your fuel efficiency. You lose even more if you accelerate rapidly or slam on the brakes. Apply pressure to the pedals gradually and be aware of your speed for improved gas mileage.
Auto insurance can also cost a pretty penny, but we can help you save on coverage. Call First Insurance Group at (502) 348-5921 for more information on Lexington car insurance.
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