The average American uses around eleven gallons of gas a week, and the prices are constantly shifting based on the political climate. As a result, the amount you spend at the pump can vary from 5-10% of your monthly household expenses, depending on how much you drive. Either way, filling your tank too often can take a serious hit on your bank account which is why it's important to keep track of the MPG to make sure your car isn't guzzling the gas faster than normal. There are a number of causes for a drop in MPG in your car which can be costly if not fixed quickly.
If you drive an older car, you may notice gas mileage getting worse over time. But, even if you own a new car, it's possible to experience a significant drop. Regardless of the age of your vehicle, however, there are some simple reasons why it may be using more fuel than usual.
An easy fix?
You may be surprised at some of the simple reasons for a drop in MPG. For example, idling your car in the driveway to "warm it up", running your air conditioner excessively, low tire pressure, and even aggressive driving with sudden acceleration and revving of the engine can all result in your car burning more fuel than normal. Sometimes changing your own driving habits is the best quick fix for gas mileage.
In terms of engine parts, worn out spark plugs, bad fuel injectors, and using the wrong type of motor oil are some of the potential reasons behind a significant drop in miles per gallon. Because prevention is the key, sticking to the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule is the best way to help avoid these problems.
Time for a tune-up?
Whether you know the cause of decreasing mileage or are completely mystified, we can help. Our mechanics are experts in car care and can get your vehicle running efficiently again. Putting a little money toward maintenance can go a long way toward saving a lot at the pump.
At Transmasters, we recommend you schedule your car for regular maintenance tune-ups to keep it running smoothly and extend the life of the engine. Call or stop in today, and let us help you with all your automotive needs.