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Top 5 Tips To Save Money While Driving Memorial Day Weekend

It is pretty simple when it comes down to it; find ways to maximize your MPG. Driving a car can be analogous to a video game. For example, you can drive from point A to point B exactly as stated by your Navigation or Google Maps just like you can play Zelda on Nintendo from beginning to end, but Google Maps and your vehicle do not tell that there are tons of ways to manipulate your car that will save you real money and time by earning an extra 50 miles on the road compared to your previous full tank of gas in your 2013 Nissan Rogue.

Whether you are visiting family, heading to the beach or camping in the mountains, you are probably driving, as it is far more convenient then having to strip down at airport security and that is after paying United Airlines $25.00 for your bag. Considering 31.2 million people hit the roads on Memorial Day Weekend, US drivers will spend approximately $1.44 billion filling up at the pump.

So, in an attempt to save you some of your hard earned wages and to make a small impact on our environments (come on….every bit helps), here are the Top 5 Fuel Saving Tips that will enhance the amount of miles you will achieve while driving per gallon of gasoline this Memorial Day Weekend (and obviously anytime that you are driving your vehicle).

1. Plan Ahead & Pick Your Route Wisely

Most people are fairly lazy when it comes to this specific topic since vehicle navigation is becoming as standard as a CD player in new vehicles. Combine that with the prevalent use of smart phones and map applications and you fill find that most people simply get into their vehicle and then figure out how to get to their end point from the driver’s seat. Yet, since everyone relies on this method, the end result is having everyone on the same road at the same time in a gigantic traffic jam…..wasting fuel.

If you plan ahead, you can avoid this nightmare and waste of expensive fuel. It might mean taking the road less-traveled, but it could result in a more pleasant, scenic route, free of traffic and even if it’s longer, in terms of actual miles driven, it might prove quicker. A moving car that spends less time on the road is more efficient than one stuck in traffic for hours.

2. Check Your Tires

To start, make sure you tire is wearing evenly across the tread because if it is not, you may find yourself an unfortunate situation and/or with a much larger service bill the next time you visit your local Car Dealership. For example, if your tire tread is uneven, this might be a direct result of your vehicles alignment being off.

Or, your tire could just be under-inflated (I know that sounds awkward), which is a quick fix you can accomplish by yourself at any gas station in a matter of minutes. This is an easy fix and it will pay huge dividends.  Lower tire pressures can adversely affect wear and increase drag, reducing gas mileage. From a safety standpoint, low pressure tries are my susceptible to overheat at high speeds, and will increase the potential for blowouts.

Tire pressure gauges are inexpensive, and a weekly check will ensure you are always at a safe, economical pressure.

Tires don’t have to cause you much stress, and confirming that yours are always in tip-top shape will both improve safety, and save you money on gas.

3. Check Your Car

Do a few quick checks over your automobile. By checking that the engine has sufficient oil, confirming all the lights work, and cleaning your vehicle before your departure are easy and inexpensive to do and increase the fuel efficiency of your ride.

Although you’ll likely be loading the car up with people and luggage, do a check around to make sure your car isn’t full of junk or unnecessary paraphernalia, like mine is, because it all adds weight, and weight is the enemy of efficient driving.

4. Timing Is Everything

Set off earlier and travel during off hours. No, really. New Yorkers know not to head to the Jersey Shore, Southampton, or the Catskills Friday night. If you have any control over your schedule, take an extra day off or travel at night. After dark, it will be cooler in the car, less taxing on your engine and you will burn less fuel.

Big rigs also take a break in the evening, so fewer trucks on the highway will give you peace of mind over your precious cargo…your loved ones and/or friends. Otherwise, avoid city centers and major interstate exchanges during rush hour or the hours right after lunch.

Finally, you will be able to drive slower (saving fuel) without the anxiety of sitting in traffic.

5. Drive Smoothly

Now we’re onto specific driving techniques. First, treat all the car’s controls with some respect so use smooth, measured inputs. Not only will it make things more pleasant for your passengers, but accelerating, braking and steering smoothly will mean less engine, brake and tire wear, which increases your vehicles fuel efficiency.

That is not to say you need to travel everywhere at a snail’s pace either. It’s better to accelerate briskly, but be sure to change gears earlier. In addition, reach your economical cruising speed sooner.  Hence do not draw out your acceleration. The more time you spend in the process of accelerating, the less time you will spend at low revs in top gear, where the best economy can be had.

 

I hope these tips help you save a few bucks this weekend and whenever you decide to go on your next road trip.

Happy Driving This Memorial Day from everyone at Windsor Nissan!!!!

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Bob Maguire Chevrolet’s Tips to Achieve Better Gas Mileage

Tune Up:

A properly tuned engine can improve fuel economy about 4 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

 

 

Pump Up:

Properly inflated tires improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. Under-inflated tires can lower fuel economy by 0.3 percent for every one pound-per-square-inch drop in the pressure of all four tires.

 

 

Unpack:

Carrying unneeded cargo makes your vehicle work harder and use more gas. The EPA says an extra 100 pounds reduces fuel economy up to 2 percent – even more in smaller vehicles.

 

 

Slow Down:

While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph, according to the EPA. Every 5 mph over 60 mph is like adding an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas.

 

 

Avoid Idling:

A car gets 0 mpg when the engine is idling.

 

 

Chill Out:

Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in city driving.

 

 

Put it in Overdrive:

Using an overdrive gear on the highway reduces engine speed, saving both fuel and engine wear.

 

 

Roll ‘Em Down Around Town:

Air conditioning reduces fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent. Avoid using the air conditioner by rolling down the windows at speeds below 40 mph. At speeds above 45 mph, wind drag uses more fuel than running the A/C.

 

 

Unclog:

Older cars without fuel injection and computer-controlled technology can lose 14 percent of their fuel economy because of a dirt-clogged air filter, which also can damage the engine. A clean air filter improves acceleration.

 

 

Use the Right Oil

: Because oil reduces engine friction and friction makes an engine work harder, using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of oil improves fuel economy by 1 percent to 2 percent.

 

 

Plan your Trips:

Taking your kids to soccer or swim classes? Grocery shopping? Plan logical routes and timing to avoid heavy periods of traffic congestion.

 

 

Cap Check:

A missing or poorly fitting gas cap can reduce fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.

 

 

OnStar Diagnostics:

OnStar provides regular Diagnostics on a monthly and now on a remote immediate basis (with the OnStar App). You have an accurate reading of all of the technical information you need to take simple pre-cautions to reduce the fuel consumption of your car.

 

Find Your Perfect Equinox at Bob Maguire Chevrolet

Find your perfect Equinox at Bob Maguire Chevrolet, today. Bob Maguire Chevrolet has a great selection of Equinox models for you to choose from, and if you don’t see what you are looking for, then Bob Maguire Chevrolet will order the Equinox of your dreams for you.

Find Your Perfect Equinox at Bob Maguire Chevrolet

Not too sure if the Equinox is for you? I’ll tell you all about the features of the Equinox!

Find Your Perfect Equinox at Bob Maguire Chevrolet

The exterior of the Equinox can come with these options:

  • Wheels, 17″ (43.2 cm) aluminum (Not available with (LFW) 3.0L DOHC V6 SIDI engine.)
  • Tires, P225/65R17 all-season, blackwall (Included and only available with (PFF) 17″ (43.2 cm) painted aluminum wheels.)
  • LTZ Exterior Appearance includes body-color bumpers with bright lowers, Charcoal luggage rails with bright chrome insert, bright chrome door handles, chrome outside mirrors and 17″ aluminum wheels
  • Tire, compact spare with steel wheel
  • Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted, Charcoal (Charcoal with bright chrome insert.)
  • Luggage rack center rails
  • Bumpers, front and rear, body-color with bright front and rear lowers
  • Moldings, Charcoal lower rocker
  • Grille, Charcoal with chrome surround
  • Headlamps, halogen, uplevel projector style with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Fog lamps, front halogen
  • Glass, deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver- and front passenger-side glass)
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, chrome, manual folding
  • Wipers, front variable-speed, intermittent with washer.
  • Wiper, rear variable-speed, intermittent with washer
  • Liftgate, power programmable rear with fixed glass
  • Door handles, bright chrome
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    The Interior of the Equinox can come with these features:

  • Seats, Deluxe front bucket
  • Perforated leather-appointed seating
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Seat adjuster front, driver 8-way power with power lumbar
  • Seat, rear, 2-way fore/aft adjustment with 60/40 split seatback and 3-way recline
  • Memory settings for the driver seat and exterior mirrors
  • Console, center with armrest and concealed storage
  • Armrest, rear center with dual cup holders
  • Floor mats, carpeted first and second row
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Instrumentation includes speedometer, single trip odometer, fuel level, engine temperature and tachometer
  • Driver Information Center monitors 26 various systems including, Vehicle Information Menu (oil life, tire pressure, standard/metric units), Trip Information Menu (trip 1, trip 2, fuel range, average fuel economy, instant fuel economy, average vehicle speed) and compass display
  • Compass display included in Driver Information Center (DIC) (Not available with (UE0) OnStar delete.)
  • Windows, power with Express-Down on all 4 doors
  • Door locks, power programmable with power lockout protection
  • Remote Keyless entry with 2 transmitters, panic button, content theft alarm activation verification and illuminated entry
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Theft-deterrent system, anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer.
  • Air conditioning, automatic climate control
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Cupholders, 2 front in center console and 2 rear in center armrest with 1 bottle holder in each door
  • Power outlets, 4 auxiliary with covers, 12-volt includes 1 front of console, 1 in console, 1 in back of console and 1 in cargo area.
  • Mirror, inside rearview self-dimming
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboards
  • Map pocket, front seatback, driver and front passenger
  • Lighting, interior with theatre dimming, center-mounted dome, rear cargo area, dual front map lights, ambient lighting on center stack surround, and center console cupholders (Includes ambient lighting on instrument panel, center console, door handle recess, door storage and footwell.)
  • Cargo cover, rear security cover
  • Cargo net, full-across rear
  • Rearview camera system, display integrated into self-dimming rearview mirror (Rearview camera display only included in navigation radio screen when (PCJ) Audio system with Navigation/Infotainment or (PDB) Audio system with Navigation/Infotainment and Rear Entertainment is ordered.)
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    The Mechanics of the Equinox can come with these features:

  • Engine, 2.4L DOHC, 4-cylinder SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) with VVT (Variable Valve Timing) (182 hp [135.7 kW] @ 6700 rpm, 172 lb-ft [232.2 N-m] @ 4900 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic with overdrive
  • Alternator, 120 amps
  • Axle, 3.53 final drive ratio (Requires all-wheel drive vehicles and (LAF) 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI engine.)
  • Battery, maintenance free with rundown protection, 525 CCA
  • GVWR, 5070 lbs (2300 kg) (Requires all-wheel drive vehicles and (LAF) 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI engine.)
  • Chassis, all-wheel drive (1LM26 model only.)
  • Suspension, front independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar, optimally-tuned shocks and hydraulic-ride bushings in front control arms
  • Suspension, rear independent mult-link with hydraulic rear trailering arm links and stabilizer bar
  • Suspension, Refined Ride
  • Steering, power-assist, electric-variable
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Exhaust, single
  • Find Your Perfect Equinox at Bob Maguire Chevrolet

    The Safety features of the Equinox can come with these features:

  • Brakes, brake assist
  • Brakes, Hill Start-Assist (HAS)
  • Traction control
  • StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and right front passenger with passenger sensing system, Thorax side-impact, seat mounted, driver and right front passenger, head curtain, side front and rear outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child’s age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. See the Owner’s Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • Air bag Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child’s age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the Owner’s Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Stolen Vehicle Slowdown and Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
  • Automatic Crash Response
  • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Rear Parking Assist
  • Safety belts 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners
  • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
  • Door locks, power operated rear child security
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (Does not monitor spare.)
  • Find Your Perfect Equinox at Bob Maguire Chevrolet

    Curious as to what trim level you want? Go to Bob Maguire Chevrolet’s website to compare trim levels! You will definetly find your perfect Equinox at Bob Maguire Chevrolet.

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