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Some Tips to Get Better Gas Mileage on Your Used Car

By Sebastian Gaydos Subscribe to RSS | April 19th 2012 | Views:
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Vehicle gas expenses can easily burn a hole in your pocket. If you’ve been driving the same car for the past five years, then you’re probably all too brutally aware of the reality of the rising cost of gasoline. Unless you can afford to switch to a hybrid car in the near future, you’ll have to virtually grin and bear the cost.

Motorists everywhere are feeling the pinch and try to stretch every penny. As political tensions continue to escalate in the Middle East, analysts predict fuel prices will hit record highs in 2012. Even well-to-do countries like Canada are affected, with Canadian gas prices hitting their peak in 2008.

If online gas prices web site Gas Buddy is any indication, prices of regular gas will remain high unless something changes soon. Until that day comes, you’ll have to improvise. Despite the times, there are ways you can improve or even get better gas mileage on your used car.

You may be surprised to know that one crucial factor affecting your car’s gas mileage is the tires themselves. Make sure your tires are always inflated to the maximum recommended pressure, usually around 35 psi. Tires that are “under inflated” or not sufficiently filled with air experience more rolling resistance on the ground, which can strain your car’s engine and use more gas to compensate.

Another way to improve your gas mileage is by driving more efficiently. Observe speed limits, avoid aggressive driving tactics like switching lanes or cutting other vehicles, and go on cruise control when you can. In a manner of speaking, you can be a good model citizen like other people driving their Edmonton used cars around and reap the benefits of improving your gas mileage.

Let’s say you’re shopping for a car, even a used one. If you’re unsure which one to get, find reliable fuel-efficient models on sites like Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency which list fuel consumption ratings for various models per year. Consumer Reports has a similar function, which can allow you to better screen out cars and their Edmonton used car dealerships.

Finally, ensure your car undergoes regular maintenance work. Replace faulty spark plugs, choose the right engine oil, and keep your engine well tuned to avoid wasting gas when driving your vehicle. You can read more about gas prices and how the best fuel-efficient Edmonton used cars for sale at OEE.NRCAN.GC.ca and ConsumerReports.org.

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