How to Save Money at the Pump


Gas prices keep creeping up, and while there’s nothing that you can do about that, you can save money on fuel by employing strategic driving techniques. It hurts your wallet when you have to fill up multiple times per week, and here at Heritage Subaru Catonsville, our friendly mechanics at our Subaru service center are happy to share their tips about how to use less fuel when behind the wheel.

Avoid Idling for Long Periods

When you’re idling, you’re getting the worst gas mileage possible: zero miles per gallon. If you know that you’re going to be sitting in one place for an extended period (longer than 30 seconds), it uses less fuel to turn off the engine and restart it when necessary.

Inflate Tires to Proper Pressure

Under-inflated tires in your 2018 Subaru Crosstrek can be detrimental to gas mileage. When a tire is under-inflated by four to five PSI below the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure, fuel consumption increases 10 percent and also causes a 15 percent reduction in your tire tread life.

Don’t Buy Premium Fuel Unless Your Car Requires It

Higher-octane fuel may be marketed for premium performance, but the reality is that filling most vehicles with premium gas won’t increase fuel-efficiency. Unless your owner’s manual specifically says to use premium fuel, don’t waste your money on it.

Eliminate Unnecessary Weight

Vehicles get a much higher gas mileage if they’re lighter. Every 200 pounds of additional weight in your vehicle cuts a mile per gallon off fuel efficiency. Clearing out your truck is a simple way to save a few bucks every week.

For more Subaru fuel saving tips, talk to a dealer here at Heritage Subaru Catonsville.

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