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Committed to Helping You Maintain Your Vehicle

At Scott Sherman Auto Care, we are committed to helping you maintain your vehicle in optimum condition and performance. This commitment to your vehicle doesn't stop when you leave our facility.

In this section of our website, you will find tips and news that you can use to help you maintain your vehicle and keep you driving safely and comfortably. Be sure to check back as these tips and news will be updated regularly.

Tips for Improving Your Gas Mileage

With today's high gas prices, it's worth taking a few minutes out of your day to make minor modifications that will improve your gas mileage.

ALLDATA's ASE Certified Technicians have developed 22 effective tips for reducing the amount of gas you use while driving your vehicle:

Vehicle Tips

  • Keep your tires properly inflated, and check them frequently.
  • Keep your front suspension and steering in proper alignment.
  • Use the thinnest viscosity oil that your car's manufacturer recommends.
  • Keep your engine in proper mechanical condition.
  • Keep your engine in tune and make sure the air and fuel filters are clean.
  • Make sure your brakes are not dragging.
  • Repair body damage. That crunched front fender adds aerodynamic drag - just ask any race car driver.
  • Don't use premium fuel if your car does not require it; using it is an unnecessary expense.Don't waste your money on those late night "as seen on TV" products that are supposed to increase your mileage.

Driving Tips

  • Avoid excessive warm-up time. Modern engines do not require it.
  • Don't idle your engine for long periods. Turn off your engine when you leave the car or have to wait a long time.
  • Avoid jack-rabbit starts.
  • Keep your speed at 55 miles per hour or less whenever possible.
  • For newer vehicles with aerodynamic designs, close the windows and turn on the A/C when driving on the freeway.
  • For older cars with inefficient A/C compressors, use the ventilation system and close the windows, temperature permitting.
  • Anticipate merging traffic and stoplights - decelerate and accelerate smoothly.
  • Plan your trips wisely. If you need to go several places, plan a route that allows you to run most or all of your errands in one outing.
  • Empty the trunk! Extra clothes, overdue library books, tools and the bag of aluminum cans that you have been meaning to take to the recycler all weigh down your car unnecessarily.
  • Car pool whenever possible or practical.
  • Listen to radio reports for alternate routes around congested areas.
  • Drive in the highest gear possible (without lugging the engine).
  • Try to keep your speed constant. Use cruise control when on long stretches of road.

Source: Automotive Service Association (ASA) / Alldata.com