The Benefits of a 10-Minute Pre-Trip Exam

In addition to being safer and more dependable, a well-maintained car can also result in little gas pump savings. It is advisable for drivers to schedule their maintenance in advance, either at the local service center or on their own.

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Three recommendations are provided by Car Care Council for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Inspect all fluids: Power steering, braking, gearbox, windshield washer solvent, engine oil, and antifreeze/coolant are among the fluids that need to be checked.
  • Inspect every hose and belt: A malfunctioning belt may impact the cooling system, power steering, air conditioning, and electrical systems. It may be necessary to replace outdated hoses and clamps that are in poor condition because cooling system hoses may be deteriorating internally.
  • Inspect the tread of the tires for any uneven wear that would suggest a need for wheel alignment. Also, check the inflation of the tires. Moreover, search for bald areas and bulges.
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To increase your car's fuel efficiency, consider these suggestions:

  1. Gas caps on cars: Approximately 17% of cars on the road have gas caps that are broken, loose, or missing completely. This results in 147 million gallons of gas vaporizing annually.
  2. Underinflated tires: improperly inflation tires have the same effect as using the parking brake while driving. A mile or two can be paid for each gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs: A car may have four, six, or eight spark plugs. Every 1,000 miles, a spark plug can fire up to three million times, which can cause chemical and electrical deterioration from heat.
  4. Unclean air filters: An obstruction in the air filter leads to a “rich” mixture, meaning that the ratio of gas to air is off. Fuel is wasted and the engine loses power as a result. There can be a 10% increase in gas mileage by replacing an obstructed air filter.
  1. Avoid driving aggressively. On the highway, this can reduce gas mileage by up to 33%, and in the city, it can reduce it by 5%.
    Steer clear of prolonged idling as it results in no miles per gallon. It’s enough to give the car a minute or two to warm up.
  2. Follow the speed limit: Above 60 mph, gas mileage drops very quickly. The price per gallon increases by 10 cents for every mile over 60. Use cruise control to further reduce fuel consumption.


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