PHOENIX, Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Based upon 15,000 miles of estimated annual driving, the average driver spends $9,122 a year on owning and maintaining a car. Of this $9,122, approximately $2,000 is spent on gas. Fueling up is a never ending expense. As long as there are places to go and the only way to get there is by car, Americans are going to be tossing money into their gas tank. Hastings & Hastings encourages everyone to save on the annual expenses of fueling up by maximizing gas mileage. Short of buying a new car, the savings will not be revolutionary, but it will add up over the course of the year.
Properly inflated tires can reduce fuel costs by as much as 3% annually. This simple step alone could save vehicle owners enough for a nice dinner at a restaurant. Most gas stations offer stations where air can be added to tires for the cost of $1. Vehicle owners should make sure they are inflating their tires to the PSI recommended by the manufacturer. Hastings & Hastings cautions, overinflating tires increases the risk of experiencing a blowout.
The condition of the engine may also impact gas mileage. If it is in the budget, vehicle owners can schedule an engine tune-up. They may also change the air filters and the gas filters.
A majority of vehicles will function at peak fuel efficiency while traveling below 65 miles per hour (MPH). Drag and air resistance when traveling above 65 MPH make it more difficult to accelerate. This means that the engine has to expend more fuel for each additional MPH over 65.
Hastings & Hastings also advises commuters to avoid stop-and-go traffic as constant acceleration has a negative effect on fuel efficiency.
Lightening the load will also help to maximize gas mileage. Drivers should avoid hauling heavy items whenever possible.
"When it comes to maximizing gas mileage, all these little things add up. Sure you may only be saving $1 here or $5 there, but by the end of the year you may have saved $300! Wow! Think of everything you could do with an extra $300. All it takes is diligence, discipline and awareness," said David Hastings, the founder of Hastings & Hastings.
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