July 12th, 2021 by

Paying for gas is never fun, and it can often times be costly! We at Patrick MINI understand the pain of breaking out the big bucks at the pump. That’s why we’ve compiled our top three tips on how you can save gas, money and improve fuel efficiency in your vehicle this summer.

  • Use cruise control
    • Cruise control is the easiest way to save on gas and improve your fuel economy. Cruise control provides tons of benefits to drivers but one of the biggest ones is that it automatically controls the speed of your vehicle. This system allows for a mechanism to take over the throttle of the car to maintain a steady speed that you set.
  • Avoid excessive acceleration
    • Rapid acceleration is a telltale sign that you’re wasting gas. Aggressive driving in general can lower your gas mileage by a substantial amount. It’s always best to anticipate traffic situations and to maintain an adequate and safe level of speed and spacing between vehicles to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration. When you do accelerate, make sure to do so smoothly at a moderate rate.
  • Limit excessive idling
    • Have you ever heard your favorite song on the radio right as you pulled into your driveway so you have to sit in your car until it’s finished? We understand, but unfortunately that idling is wasting your gas. Turning off your engine when your vehicle is parked can save you on gas as idling can use about a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour depending on a variety of factors including engine size and air conditioner use.

These tips will allow for your vehicle to be more fuel efficient and will keep you on the road enjoying your summer instead of spending it at the gas pump. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle with better fuel economy, what better vehicle for gas mileage than a MINI! Patrick MINI has you covered with our always updating inventory that is bound to have something that fits your needs. Give us a call at 847-230-8210 or visit us at 700 E. Golf Road.

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