1. Replace worn spark plugs. "Old or dirty spark plugs can reduce fuel economy by 30 percent," said Megan Currie, Honeywell Consumer Products Group product manager.
Autolite Double Platinum spark plugs feature platinum-to-platinum firing, virtually eliminate gap erosion, reduce misfires, and provide 160,000 kilometers durability.
2. Keep your tires properly inflated and balanced, and avoid carrying heavy loads. Empty your vehicle of any unnecessary items. An extra 45 kilograms can reduce fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent, according to Edmunds.com.
3. Change your air filter regularly. Did you know that a clogged or dirty air filter makes it difficult for your engine to breathe properly?
And, if you drive in seemingly unforgiving circumstances, like excessive stop-and-go traffic, or dirty or dusty conditions, you might want to consider a filter that is more durable in design, like the Fram Tough Guard premium air filter. "This filter is constructed with advanced features to protect your engine under tough driving conditions," said Currie.
4. Tighten your gas cap. It is easy for fuel to evaporate if a fuel cap is damaged, loose or missing.
5. Avoid excessive idling and turn off the engine if you are running into a convenience store, stopped at train tracks or waiting in line at a bank or fast food drive-thru. It requires more gasoline to idle than it does to restart your engine.
"These are simple, cost effective ways to ensure you are getting the most gasoline for your money," adds Currie. For more gas savings, tips, log on to www.fram.com or www.autolite.com.