Don’t Waste Money on Gas: Efficient Driving Tactics

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Aside from getting a new set of wheels, there are some ways to save gas this summer by driving more effectively. Fuel costs have consistently risen over the years, which means you shouldn’t be surprised to see prices exceeding $4 per gallon in the near future. With that in mind, try out some of these efficient driving tactics to help you lower your expenses and save money.

According to Popular Mechanics, one of the best things you can do is coast to a stop. Basically, pretend you’re riding a bike—try to anticipate when traffic lights will change so you can coast to a stop and reduce fuel consumption. Hard braking is inherently less efficient than slowly coming to a halt, so give coasting a try next time you’re commuting.

Don’t start slowly. This might sound like it goes against conventional wisdom, but your car will get lower fuel economy in low gears. This is especially true if you’re eventually going to reach highway speeds, because your car will reach its top, fuel-saving gear sooner if you don’t crawl to reach higher speeds.

Use the air conditioner at high speeds. Again, you may have heard that the A/C is terrible on fuel economy, but having the windows down at highway speeds is actually worse. That’s because having the windows down creates drag, lowering fuel economy by quite a bit. If you’re going less than 55 mph, then have the windows down. Otherwise, use the air conditioner.

If you want a fuel-efficient truck for your daily drive, you’ll find one at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.

Get Your Car Ready for Fall With These Tips

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Is your vehicle ready for fall? Use this list as a guideline for autumn preparations.

Pay attention to your lights

Headlights are critical this time of year as sunlight is available to us fewer hours of the day, increasing our need for visibility in the dim light. Make sure you not only replace broken lights, but also clean your headlight casing.

Replace your wiper blades

Autumn, for many places in the U.S., can be very wet. Keep your eyes on the road by investing in some new wiper blades that won’t streak during the ongoing rain.

Test your battery

Lower temperatures can reduce battery capacity, so prepare for the colder months by having your battery’s capacity tested to make sure it can weather the fall and winter.

Check your heat and defroster

This is one should be obvious: after blasting the AC all summer long, you need to ensure that your heat (and, consequently, your defroster) work. These will be critical in not only keeping you warm, but also maintaining visibility on frosty mornings.

Have your engine inspected

Mechanical parts start to have issues when low temperatures set in. Prepare for fall and winter by having a pro look over your engine to check for any issues.

If you have any more questions or concerns about getting your car ready for fall, don’t hesitate to ask us here at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.