Easy, meaningful maintenance & driving tips that anyone can do
ROANOKE, Va., Jun 08, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
The two big challenges drivers face each summer are extreme heat and
maximizing fuel mileage. The combination of good driving habits and a
few minutes of basic vehicle maintenance will help keep you safe while
getting better fuel mileage all summer long.
Here are some fuel saving tips from Advance Auto Parts (NYSE:AAP) so you
can spend less time at the pump and more time on the road:
1) Change your air filter regularly: Your engine needs to breathe to
create maximum power and efficiency. You should replace your air filter
every 7,500 miles unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer.
2) Proper tire pressure is the next largest influence on fuel economy.
Check the drivers' side door post to see exactly what the tire pressure
should be, then check all four tires weekly for best results. Tires that
are under inflated create dramatically more rolling resistance.
3) Use synthetic oil. Synthetic oil reduces internal engine friction,
lubricates better, and reduces engine operating temperatures, all
creating a more efficient power process and helping with fuel mileage
4) Minimize idling, you're getting zero mpg.
5) Reducing a vehicle's load by eliminating excess cargo, such as extra
tires, equipment, bike or ski racks, saves gas also because for every
200 pounds of extra weight in a vehicle, fuel mileage is reduced by
approximately one mile per gallon.
6) Keep fuel injectors clean by using an injector cleaner once or twice
a year. When the fuel injector nozzle gets debris and buildup on it, it
doesn't spray the fuel charge as it was designed to. A simple injector
cleaner added to the fuel tank a few times each year can help keep the
injectors clean and efficient.
7) Be sure your vehicle is in alignment. If it pulls to the right or to
the left, it likely needs an alignment, or possibly some suspension
work. When all four wheels are traveling down the road out of alignment,
rolling resistance is created, not to mention rapid tire wear. Once the
vehicle tracking is straight, it will help protect your investment,
enhance safety, and improve fuel mileage.
"Anything that impedes the movement of the vehicle down the road such as
low tire pressures, wind resistance, brake drag, improper wheel
alignment, engine efficiency, and driveline friction costs fuel
economy," says Bryan Gregory, ASE Certified expert from Advance Auto
Parts. "Some items like wind resistance are difficult to avoid. However,
going easy on the accelerator and turning off the air conditioner can be
worth an extra 1-2 miles per gallon."
"Many customers are also seeking ways to improve the efficiency and life
of their other gas guzzling items like lawnmowers, ATV's, boats, and
motorcycles," adds Gregory. "The little things mean a lot for these
vehicles as well. A clean air filter, proper tire pressure and synthetic
oil when possible can all help reduce a household's gasoline
As do-it-yourselfers are reclaiming their vehicles by doing their own
maintenance and striving to increase fuel economy Advance Auto Parts and
its well-trained, knowledgeable Team Members are serving customers with
all of the parts and products needed to perform these easy gas-saving
do-it-yourself projects. Additionally, Team Members will install
windshield wipers for free, and also install batteries following a
complimentary check of the vehicle's electrical system and old battery.
ASE-certified experts and the Company's consumer education program,
featuring a "How to Save Gas" video clinic, and many more, can be found
Click on the "Know-How" section of the website to view any of the free
video clinics that will help you maintain your vehicle and save money
About Advance Auto Parts
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive
aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance
items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and
professional installer markets. As of April 23, 2011, the Company
operated 3,600 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Advance Auto Parts supports a variety of non-profit organizations at the
corporate and local levels and encourages its Team Members to become
actively involved in various community-based charitable organizations.
Nationally, Advance Auto Parts is a strong supporter of United Way and
the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Since 1994, Advance
Auto Parts has raised more than $25 million for JDRF, including a
record-breaking campaign in 2010 which raised $4.8 million for diabetes
research, making Advance Auto Parts JDRF's number one corporate partner.
Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities,
customer services, and on-line shopping for parts and accessories can be
found on the Company's web site at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.
SOURCE: Advance Auto Parts
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Shelly Whitaker, APR