Now that more people are planning on going on road trips this summer, our team at Packey Webb Ford thought it’d be a great time to provide our community with some helpful fuel-saving driving tips. Keep these in mind the next time you get behind the wheel to save a few bucks at the gas pump.
1. Remove excess weight
Do you have a trunk full of junk that you’ve been meaning to throw out or donate? That extra weight could be costing you money. The heavier your vehicle is, the harder it has to work — meaning it uses more fuel to get you from Point A to Point B. Unload the trunk to save some money this summer.
2. Avoid idling when possible
Depending on your vehicle’s engine size and how much you use the air conditioner, idling could use up to a quarter or even a half-gallon of fuel per hour. While that may not seem like a lot when you’re just sitting in a parking lot for 5 minutes, it’ll definitely add up in the long run. Do yourself, and the environment, a favor and turn the engine off when you’re not driving.
3. Use cruise control
If you’re headed out on a long trip, it can get tiresome to maintain the same speed the entire journey. In addition, going back and forth on the odometer can cause your engine to work harder and use more fuel. Use cruise control when possible to save a few bucks so you can spend them on a tasty gas station snack or a fun roadside attraction instead.
These are just a few of the ways you can save money while driving in Downers Grove and beyond. Let us know if you’ve got any additional tips!