This time of year is one of the busiest for travelling. That’s why we at Bill Walsh Kia have put together a collection of holiday driving tips to help you get the best fuel-economy possible.
Our first tip is to make sure your car is in good shape. If you plan on travelling, it’s important to get an oil change, replace your air filter, and flush your radiator. Although you might not need all of these changes at this time, if you haven’t done any of them in a while, now is the time.
Tip number two is to inflate your tires. According to the US Department of Energy, low tire pressure can increase friction, therefore lowering mpg rates. Follow your driver’s manual and inflate to the proper psi. Keep in mind colder temperatures lower air-pressure, though.
The third tip is not to let your car idle too long. Although it’s nice to warm up your car, most people don’t realize a vehicle only needs to be on for about thirty-seconds before you drive away. As long as the engine gets hot enough to evaporate water from the system, you’re good to go–no point in wasting gas or wearing out the engine.
Last but not least, plan ahead. If you know you’re going to be travelling, find out beforehand what the most efficient route is. Avoid unnecessary stops by bringing everything you need with you.