When seasons change, car maintenance is important to reduce the need for repairs and save money. During the warmer summer months drivers should be especially conscious of fuel consumption. According to AAA, this year the national gas price is up nearly 20 cents per gallon compared to 2013.
A few simple checks can conserve money at the pump and help prevent breakdowns. To get the best gas mileage out of your car throughout the summer, and to make sure you don't have any problems, here are some "B.E.S.T. Practices" from AAMCO:
Avoiding excessive idling and removing unnecessary items from the trunk to reduce weight are also easy ways to prevent wasting fuel. In addition, the oxygen sensor may need to be replaced if you have noticed a drop-off in fuel mileage.
"Now more than ever, drivers need to get that extra mile out of their car and fuel tank," says Bruce Chidsey, vice president of technical support at AAMCO. "Given the surge in gas prices, AAMCO wants to help drivers this vacation season by addressing and preventing car issues before they surface. Our BEST practices are an easy way for drivers to stay aware and know before they go."
Be sure to visit your nearest AAMCO center to get ready for the road. Whether on the road or home this summer, download the iGAAUGE app today to access expert automotive advice 24 hours a day. And tune-in to AAMCOCarCare on YouTube for seasonal tips and car maintenance advice no matter the time of year.