As 2020 quickly approaches, it is time to start making plans for the new year. One thing you may be looking at improving is your finances. If you are hoping to cut costs and increase your savings you have probably already considered being more efficient with your electricity, spending less on nights out, and cutting back on shopping. But have you thought about your car? The cost of gas, maintenance, insurance, and car payments adds up fast. If you are looking to save money in the new year, J&R Automotive wants to recommend these money-saving driving tips.
Get a tune-up
Tune-ups make your car run as efficiently as possible as well as allowing your mechanic to catch and repair any minor issues that could turn into costly problems down the road. During a tune-up your mechanic will give your vehicle a thorough inspection, checking everything from the battery to the brakes to your filters.
Check your tires
Keeping your tires at optimal pressure not only helps you avoid having to replace them due to a blowout, but it also improves your gas mileage. We typically recommend a PSI between 30 and 35, but you should consult your mechanic to find the right pressure for your tires.
Stick to the speed limit
Did you know that driving at 75 mph uses about 20% more gas than going 60 mph? Sticking to the speed limit not only increases your fuel efficiency, but it also keeps you from getting an expensive and unexpected speeding ticket.
Watch your windshield
It has happened to all of us. You are driving down the road and a vehicle kicks a small pebble into your windshield. While it starts as a tiny ding, it can quickly spiderweb or crack further causing you to need a windshield replacement. If this happens to you, don’t wait. As soon as the rock hits your windshield call a service like Safelite to fill it in. Better yet, keep a windshield repair kit in your vehicle so you can fix it on the go.
Turn down the A/C
Your vehicle’s air conditioner affects fuel efficiency. During the hot summer months roll down your windows and enjoy the warm breeze whenever you can.
Keep up with your maintenance
We already mentioned getting a tune-up, but staying up to date with your oil changes and other maintenance will also save you money in the long run. By keeping your vehicle running smoothly you decrease the risk of major breakdowns and component failure.
J&R Auto is devoted to the satisfaction of all of our Crossville customers. Whether you need regular maintenance or a more complicated engine repair, we are the full-service auto repair shop that Crossville drivers trust the most.