May 1, 2022 | Gas Prices

Are gas prices giving your heart a run for its money?

Have heart palpitations at the gas pump? You’re not alone, and so are we. With increasing gas prices around for the foreseeable future, keeping your vehicle’s fuel economy at its highest is critical. Let’s take some time to look at how we can prepare our vehicle for the expensive road ahead, and maximize its fuel efficiency in the face of gas price increases.

3 ways to make the most of your gasoline!

Here are some helpful tools for stretching out the range on your gas tank:

Speed kills: Or, in this case, the lack of it. It may feel like your gas pedal is your worst enemy at times like this. Any time the vehicle is forced to accelerate quickly, it will use more gasoline. Coasting is your friend, as well as using cruise control where possible. This will allow the vehicle to take a break from burning through gas and also your wallet.

Vehicle settings: Seat heaters, A/C, and any other electrical devices that are turned on will decrease gas mileage. The extra load on the engine will rob it of efficiency, as it will have to burn more gas to keep up the vehicle’s speed and keep up with the added electrical demand from the alternator.

Get the lead out. Removing any large, weighty items from the vehicle is helpful to increase fuel efficiency. Also, roof carriers left on the car will reduce fuel efficiency when not needed. They are extra weight, but they also may not be as aerodynamic as they appear to be. Extra drag makes it that much harder to get your car up to speed.

High Road Automotive is running a special!

Specials on Air Conditioning

Free performance check on your AC! 

We will visually inspect hoses, lines, and other components for leaks, check temperature readings, check that your compressor is operating properly and inspect the drive belt for cracks or damage. You can drive in comfort if it checks out OK, knowing that the system is good to go! Then if it needs service, we are experts at air conditioner repairs.

Further testing and repairs are extra if needed.

Hopefully, some of these tips and specials we are running help you stay calm at the pumps! We know how stressful increasing fuel prices can be, and we want to do our part to help our community get the most out of their vehicles in these trying times. Try out some of these tips and come in for our specials!

Visit High Road Automotive in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle when you are preparing for your next road trip! Our ASE-Certified auto mechanics look forward to thoroughly inspecting your vehicle, helping you have the best trip possible. Please schedule an appointment today and see what makes us so popular in Ballard!

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