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Summer Driving Tip for Hot Weather

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gas pumpWith gas prices on the rise and summer finally here, there are steps you can take to save money on fuel costs in the hot weather.

Using your car’s air conditioning is the main contributor to reduced fuel efficiency in hot weather.  Be smart about running your car’s air conditioner.

  1. Open the windows to let out the excess heat when starting your car is more effective than trying to cool it down with AC.
  2. Turn the AC on after the cabin has been aired out; AC is more efficient when the vehicle is moving.
  3. Set the AC as high as you can while still staying at a comfortable temperature.
  4. Turn the AC off and roll down your windows in slow driving areas and while idling.

Additional tips –

  • Be sure to read your owner’s manual for how your vehicles AC system operates and works its best.
  • Park your vehicle in the shade or use a sunshade
  • Use cruise control while driving on highways to maintain a consistent speed, which conserves fuel
  • Make sure your tires are at recommended pressure
  • Check that your AC system has coolant and your radiator has antifreeze
  • Get a summer service check on your car
  • Compare fuel prices for the best price

Now hit the road and see new sites this summer.

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