6 tips to get better fuel efficiency from your vehicle

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Have you cried this week yet? Nope? Well, you will the next time you fill up your car. It’s painful, and surely your son’s college fund is already running out.

As high as gas prices are in the country, according to the American Automobile Association, the hive state’s prices are some of the highest in the country. These record prices have started to dip (slightly) from their all-time highs, but filling up in season will likely hit Utahans’ pocketbooks for some time.

Paying for gas is unavoidable for most people, but there are a few ways to maximize fuel efficiency and make every dollar go a little further.

Here are some tips from Volkswagen SouthTowne General Manager Josh Osborne for maximizing fuel efficiency.

tire pressure

According to energy.govUnder-inflated tires require more momentum to move down the road and will reduce fuel consumption. Most new cars have a tire pressure monitoring system, so if a small yellow triangle with an exclamation point lights up on the dash, fill the tires. If your car does not have a tire pressure monitoring system, you can use a hand gauge to test the tire pressure.

If you are not sure how to inflate your car tires, consult your owner’s manual or take your vehicle to any local tire store. They will usually check and fill your tires for free.

Stay up to date with regular maintenance

As a whole, the cars are remarkably durable. However, without proper and regular maintenance, engines are prone to wear and tear, which can decrease the efficiency of your vehicle.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a neglected vehicle that receives a tune-up “can increase fuel economy by an average of 4%, depending on the type and quality of the repair.” That’s not insignificant, so be sure to keep up with your oil changes, spark plug condition, and air filter. Your wallet will thank you in the end.

Lighten up

It’s kind of a no-brainer, but the more a vehicle weighs, the more gas it will need to move it down the road. So does your car have some extra junk in the trunk that you need to unload? Even an extra 100 pounds could reduce your fuel economy by 1%, the EPA informed.

Use the GPS

You may think you don’t need it, but if you’re trying to save some money, using a GPS can help. Using a wayfinding app like Google Maps, Waze, Apple Maps, and others can help calculate the fastest routes to your destination while avoiding gas-guzzling situations like intermittent traffic, construction stops, and road closures.

apps like gas buddy It can even help you find the cheapest gas near you.

Cruise with cruise control

There is a reason the EPA fuel economy estimates for vehicles they are always superior for road driving: constant speed. Stop-and-go traffic, idling, and the hustle and bustle between stoplights kill fuel economy. The key to better efficiency is to maintain a constant speed as much as possible. If you’re going on a long road trip, use the cruise control set to the speed limit and watch your car get lots of miles per gallon.

Switch to a Volkswagen

In general, modern vehicles consume more fuel than vehicles from 10 or 20 years ago, as explained consumer reports. The truth is, if your car is old and on its last legs, there may not be much you can do to drastically improve your car’s fuel economy.

But, you could trade in your old car for a newer, more fuel-efficient Volkswagen.

“Couldn’t be a more optimal time to redeem. Let the market work in your favor,” he said. Volkswagen SouthTowne General Manager Josh Osborne. In fact, your 2002 Corolla is probably worth more now than it has in years, even in its duct-taped condition.

“From our largest SUV to our smallest cars, we have a very fuel efficient lineup,” said Osborne. “The Atlas, with third-row seating, can get into the 20 mpg range on the highway. In the smallest and most efficient all-wheel drive SUV, the Tiguan, you can expect something like 29-30 mpg on the highway.” The Taos gets into the 30 mpg range well.

“Best of all for saving fuel is the ID.4, our all-electric car. Just plug in and go!”

No matter which Volkswagen model you choose, you’ll get something efficient, modern and affordable. Get in touch with the people at Volkswagen SouthTowne today to see which VW is right for you, or visit vwsouthtowne.com to view your inventory.

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