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June 8th, 2018 by:
Wyatt Braatz

You may be asking yourself “how can I save gas more efficiently?”  Well, challenge yourself to become a different driver by changing your driving style and focusing on the long-term savings.  Here’s how to do it! 

Accelerate gradually– If you anticipate when you are going to need to accelerate and do so in a slow and controlled manner you can save yourself up to 20%. 

Anticipate stops- Learning to anticipate your stopping and braking can drastically reduce the amount of gas you burn. Braking suddenly can force you to use more fuel to get the vehicle back to speed. 

Organize your trips- Why drive your car two or three times when you could schedule all your errands into one trip, and not need to go out multiple times? This not only cuts down on the amount of gas you use but it can also free up more of your time to do the things you want to do! 

Stop speeding- Statistics show that a vehicle traveling at 55MPH will achieve up to 15% better fuel economy than the same vehicle traveling at 65 MPH. Traveling the speed limit saves you on fuel and can also make the road a safer place. 

Turn engine off- Unless you know your car is going to move within about 30 seconds, turn off your engine to improve gas mileage. Idling for longer than 30 seconds wastes fuel. 

Use navigation- Using a navigation system can improve your fuel economy because you are then less likely to take a longer route or get lost. If your car doesn’t have one then you can, of course, come see us to fix that!

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Clean up your ride.
June 7th, 2018 by:
Wyatt Braatz
Clean up your ride.

1. It’s time to get
your ride back into prime shape!

People hit the gym and work on getting “back” into shape before
the summer season! Spring time is the right time to get everything looking
great! You should make the same decision for your vehicle? Regular maintenance
and tune-ups at the scheduled times will not only keep you running well but
will give your vehicle and  all of it’s
parts a longer life! Consult your vehicle owners manual for regular oil change
schedules, check-up/tune-up  intervals
and simple items like tire pressure, oil and fuel type.

2. Looking “BUFF’ is
good for your cars soul! Time for the spring workout.
It’s always nice to drive a clean and shiny car, there is more than just visual
appeal to having a clean car. Regular washing, buffing and waxing will maintain
and keep your cars paint and clear coat in good condition. This in turn keeps
the road grime and weather to a minimum and will reduce long term corrosion and
rust spots. Having the headlights buffed will keep your lights bright and allow
you to see the road ahead! Keeping the inside clean is important too, carpet
shampooing along with changing the air filter! 
This can reduce internal allergens floating around in the cabin of your
car and help you reduce airborne allergens and illnesses. This is especially
important coming out of winter during a harsh cold and flu season in Colorado.

3. Don’t drive angry,
don’t drive angry (remember Groundhog Day?)

Here, I offer you a little “car yoga” exercise,
and you don’t have to stand on your head. Take a deep breath and relax behind
the wheel. Aggressive driving is known to increase your fuel use by a
significant amount; some say as much as 30%!!! Wow! Want to save money at the
pump? Slow down, give yourself more time and planning your routes ahead of time
are just a few of the many things you can do to save money and gas!

4. Tire pressure –
your gateway to a smooth ride.

Measure your tire pressure regularly, as this will keep your
vehicle ride smoother and believe it or not, the right tire pressure will
improve fuel economy. As it warms up outside, the air in your tires expands and
after winter, your tires need more attention. Cold temperatures decrease the
air pressure in tires, which adds to the rolling resistance caused by snow and
slush. Low tire pressure is what turns on the funky little light in the dash
too (TPMS – Tire Pressure Monitoring System). This is a safety feature and can
let you know when you are running low, or are going flat