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Summer Driving Without Breaking the Bank

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With gas prices becoming more expensive every day, it makes more and more sense to squeeze the most miles you can out of every gallon. Whether you’re planning a cross-country road trip or just trying to avoid spending your paycheck on commuting, there’s plenty you can do to save money on gasoline. The best strategy is to simply drive less often, maybe carpooling or biking instead, but don’t feel discouraged if that’s not an option. Here are some ideas for ways to cut back the amount of money you spend at gas stations this summer:

-Stay informed. Check out one of the many websites, mobile apps, or BlueLink technology available in new Hyundai cars that post gas prices at surrounding stations to find the lowest prices in your area. Some include Gas Buddy or Gas Price Watch.

-Have your tires aligned and inflated. Poor alignment causes tires to wear out more quickly and your engine to work harder.

-Check your air filter. A clean air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.

-Maintain your car with regular services at the Chapman Hyundai Bell Road service department.A properly maintained engine can improve mileage by up to four percent.

-Drive slowly. Every 5 mph reduction in highway speed leads to a 7-percent reduction in fuel consumption.

-Don’t rest your foot on your brakes. Riding with your foot on the brake pedal will not only wear out the brake pads, but it can also increase gas consumption.

-Reduce the weight of your car. Empty your trunk, remove any unnecessary items on the seats, and pack as lightly as possible for vacations.

-Stay cool using your windows. Use your windows instead of your air conditioner at slower speeds, but consider rolling up your windows in favor of A/C on the highway to minimize drag.

-Don’t idle for more than 30 seconds. Avoid using the drive-through, and turn off your car in heavy traffic or long stops.

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