Newport Beach Auto Repair

Automax Service Center | Driving and Maintenance Tips

Improve your MPG

  • Idling gets you 0 miles per gallon. The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it. No more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days is needed. Anything more simply wastes fuel and increases emissions.
  • Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking) wastes gas. It can lower your highway gas mileage 33% and city mileage 5%.
  • Avoid high speeds. Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying $0.10 more per gallon of gas.
  • When you use overdrive gearing, your vehicle's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces wear.
  • Use air conditioning only when necessary.
  • Clear out your vehicle; extra weight decreases gas mileage.
  • Reduce drag by placing items inside the vehicle or trunk rather than on roof racks. A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow you to buy a smaller vehicle. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5%.
  • Check into carpooling and public transit to cut mileage and vehicle maintenance costs.

Keep your vehicle healthy

  • Use the grade of motor oil recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer. Using different motor oil can lower your gasoline mileage by 1%-2%.
  • Keep tires properly inflated and aligned to improve your gasoline mileage by around 3.3%
  • Get regular engine tune-ups and vehicle maintenance checks to avoid fuel economy problems due to worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid, or transmission problems.
  • Replace clogged air filters to improve gas mileage by as much as 10% and protect your engine.
  • Combine errands into one trip. Several short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.