Gas saving tips for your upcoming summer road trip

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Gas prices at a Mobil gas station in Vernon Hills, Ill., (AP file/Nam Y. Huh)

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- It’s summer time and adventure awaits! But before you pack up and hit the road with family and friends, here are some gas saving tips, courtesy of Michelin North America:

  • Keep Tires Properly Inflated: A simple check of your tires’ air pressure can go a long way, especially driving for a long period of time! Underinflated tires can increase more friction between the rubber and the road, which ultimately creates more drag on your vehicle with the air resistance and making it more difficult for the engine to move the car. Check your manufacturers’ recommended PSI and make sure your tires are inflated to the maximum PSI.
    • Under inflated tires increase the vehicles friction or resistance to rolling. This has serious effects on your vehicle: 
      • Uneven wearing 
      • Uncomfortable riding 
      • Reduced tire life expectancy 
      • Reduced fuel economy 
  • Perform Routine Maintenance: Before any road trip, it is important to look for any basic problems or anything that requires attention. This will maximize the efficiency for the gas mileage and will deliver the manufacturer’s estimated fuel economy.
  • Easy Does It:  Aggressive driving habits are both unsafe and fuel inefficient.  Things like gunning the engine, speeding, taking unprovoked quick turns around corners, jackrabbit starting and stopping and flooring the gas pedal will negatively affect your gas mileage. 
  • Travel Light: Don’t carry extra junk in your trunk! Before heading out on the road, be mindful and remove any items that can be stored elsewhere. Carrying extra weight can create drag on the engine, leading to higher fuel consumption. 
  • Windows vs. AC:  You might think that opting for windows are always more fuel-efficient than the AC, but you’d be mistaken. When driving at high speeds, open windows cause drag and lead to more gas consumption.  

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