Brandon Auto Repair

Your Brandon Mechanic Can Save You Some Green

For us here at Clark Automotive in Brandon, Florida, we try to cover a lot about auto repair and maintenance on our blog. We’ve had some great information lately, so it is time to do some blog run-downs to review some of the important things we’ve covered here. Basically, we will simply review the best information from the most helpful blog posts and post it with links so you can read the blog posts in full.

Last month, we spent some time on fuel efficiency by giving some helpful tips to save money. Here’s a couple of the ways listed in the first part of a two-part blog series:

  1. “Be mindful of your right foot. If you're speeding away from red lights and stop signs, you're wasting fuel. If you're racing cars down the interstate at 80 mph, you're wasting fuel. Here's a rule of thumb: your gas mileage can drop off up to 15% when driving at or below 65mph and driving above 65mph.”
  2. “You can change your octane! A lot of people drive around with medium or premium gas in their tank when they just simply don't need to. If your owner manual says "regular," it means regular. Using anything else is just a waste of money.”

From part two of the blog, there were 5 more ways to save on fuel. Here are just a couple:

  1. “Remove your roof rack. If you're not using it, there's no reason to drive around with it. It's great if you're going biking or skiing, but if you're commuting to work you're just throwing money out the window by making your car less aerodynamic.”
  2. “Change your air filter. While it may be out of sight, out of mind, you still need to change your air filter on a regular basis because it is what protects your engine from ingesting dirt and dust from the air and roads. If it's doing its job, your air filter will clog up and once it clogs up, your engine will have to work much harder to pull air through it.”

We will review a few more posts next time on the Clarke Automotive blog. In the meantime, see which changes you can make to increase your fuel efficiency.