How to Spend Less on Gas for your Alfa Romeo
Current high gas prices are draining our wallets now more than ever.
There are so many reasons for the increasingly high gas prices. While they aren’t as bad as 2008 (adjusted for inflation), we are all still hurting at the pump. However, we have compiled some ways that you can reduce your gasoline costs. By caring more for your vehicle, you can experience the benefits of fuel efficiency. These simple investments into your vehicle will help you to squeeze a few more miles out of each gallon of gas.
Gas Hack #1: Ensure Your Vehicle is in Proper Condition
Stick to your schedule
To run properly, your car must be taken care of. We all know how hard it is to maintain a healthy body after months of indulging ourselves during the holiday season. The same happens to your vehicle. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Maintenance plays a pivotal role in ensuring that your car runs well. Alfa Romeo recommends that you visit your local Alfa Romeo service center every 10,000 miles. This is approximately once a year. According to the EPA, “fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4%”. By visiting your factory-authorized service center, like the one at Alfa Romeo of Fort Lauderdale, you can guarantee that the service is done properly and using Genuine Alfa Romeo parts.
Don’t put off repairs
Ignorance is not always bliss, especially when it comes to your daily driver. Don’t ignore your check engine light. Your check engine light could indicate a serious maintenance issue that is affecting your fuel efficiency. The EPA states that fixing these serious issues can improve your fuel mileage by as much as 40%. Not all fuel-related problems are due to the engine. Transmission and powertrain problems also affect your fuel economy. Don’t put off those repairs. Schedule your service today.
Use the correct motor oil
While lower-weight oils tend to do better in mileage tests, always stick to what the manufacturer recommends for your vehicle. You can find this information in your owner’s manual or ask your service advisor.
Use the proper fuel grade
There is no clear advantage to using a higher fuel grade than what your manufacturer recommends. Most of the time, you are just spending more. According to Edmunds, you can use a lower grade as long as it is not a requirement by your manufacturer. You can find the recommended gas grade inside your fuel tank door. The octane sticker will show your optimal gas grade. It is important to note that using regular when premium is required can cause engine knocking.
Gas Hack #2: Switch up Your Driving Style
Slow and steady wins the race
The old adage proves itself again and again. While a fast driver reaches the destination quicker, that driver also uses more gas. You don’t save a significant amount of time by racing down the highway. Studies show that rapid accelerations and frequent hard braking consume up to 40% more gas during stop-and-go traffic. You can also waste up to 30% more on the highway. Your best bet is to find a speed that is in sync with the lights per AAA. This will help you to keep rolling instead of constantly braking.
Watch your speed
We all hate getting passed on the highway. Consumer Reports conducted tests that showed that 55 is significantly better than 65 mph. To get the best gas mileage, don’t be afraid to do 55mph. While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.29 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer. Watching your speed can save you anywhere from $0.29 to $0.57 per gallon.
Cut out warming up your car before beginning your drive. Idling can burn up to a quarter of a gallon each hour, approximately two cents per minute. Your vehicle will warm up more rapidly if you drive the car normally without waiting for it to heat up. Utilize your stop and start technology at stop lights. Idling for just 10 seconds can consume as much gas as turning your car on and off.
Cruise control saves gas by preserving your car’s momentum. Adaptive cruise control automatically lowers your speed to keep you at a safe distance from the car in front of you. This is a gas saving asset. Researchers discovered that adaptive cruise control can trim gasoline usage by 5-7%.
Gas Hack #3: Try to Resist
Increase the air in your tires
To get the best fuel efficiency, make sure your tires are properly inflated each month. You can find your manufacturer’s recommended pressure on the inside of your driver door. Severely underinflated tires can reduce your mileage of roughly 3%.
Don’t mess with the aerodynamics
Manufacturers design vehicles with aerodynamics in mind. Vehicles are designed to reduce air resistance and improve fuel efficiency. Adding something to your roof rack can get you almost 25% less miles per gallon.