Road Trip Tips - Fuel Economy

Road Trip Tips - Fuel Economy This Summer

With the summer travel season in full swing, many families are heading out on the road to their favorite vacation spots. Aside from performing routine maintenance on your vehicle prior to your long journey, it’s also a good idea to keep fuel economy in mind. This summer is proving to be more popular for road trips than last year due to lower gas prices, which means the roads will be full. Even though lower gas prices are a welcoming sight, it’s always a good idea to save where you can and avoid frequent gas station stops. Fuel economy not only saves you money and trips to the gas pump, but it’s better for the environment, it reduces oil dependence costs, and increases energy sustainability. Here are a few ways to boost your fuel economy during your upcoming road trip:

Check Your Engine Oil
Your engine oil’s quality can affect your fuel economy. Routinely checking oil levels and taking your vehicle in for an oil change can save you some money and will keep your vehicle in good shape. Government regulations have led to gas engines being more fuel efficient over the past 15 years. Lower viscosity oils decrease engine friction, which aids in boosting fuel efficiency. Check your oil level and stop by a garage for an oil change prior to your trip.

Pack Your Vehicle Efficiently
Sure, there are some things we keep in our vehicles all year round, but sports equipment, excess bags, and those boxes you were supposed to drop off months ago, add dead weight to your car. These excess pounds burn up engine fuel, and will lead to you spending more money on gas and causing more harm to the environment. For better fuel efficiency, as well as to add less wear and tear to your vehicle, clean out your car prior to the trip and bring only what you need. Plus, this will also help make sure that you’ll have your vacation items ready to go without sifting through hockey equipment and the bags of clothes you meant to donate last month.

Look at Tire Pressure
Low tire pressure can not only affect your miles per gallon, but it’s also a way to cause permanent damage to your car. The US Department of Energy says that for every one pound per square inch (PSI) drop in tire pressure lowers gas mileage by 0.4 percent. Before heading out on your trip, stop by a gas station and check up on your tire pressure. Check your doorjamb for the recommended level and adjust accordingly. Edmunds has provided details on checking tire pressure and filling up tires.

Another way to protect your vehicle is investing on a service contract (a.k.a. extended warranty.) Omnisure is the leading provider of payment plan options for service contracts. No down payments, no interest, and flexible payment terms over 12 to 24 months, allows us to provide payment plans that meet a variety of budgets. Next time you are at your dealership to service your vehicle or to trade-it-in for a newer model, ask them for your VSC payment plan options!