If you ask anyone what they would like to change about their finances in 2020, they will likely say, “I want to spend less and save more.” For some people this may mean using energy more efficiently, spending less on nights out, eating dinner at home, or shopping less. But have you ever thought about how much you spend on transportation each month? Gas, insurance, maintenance… it all adds up. Pit Shop Auto Repair wants to help you save money on transportation with these easy 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 AC
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.
Pit Shop Auto Repair is devoted to the satisfaction of all of our Libertyville customers. Whether you need regular maintenance or a more complicated engine repair, we are the full-service auto repair shop that Libertyville drivers trust the most.