Local Mechanics Offer Steps to Reduce Pain at The Pump

Local Mechanics Offer Steps to Reduce Pain at The Pump

Arizona drivers are paying more for gas than nearly every other state. According to AAA, only Hawaii and California gas costs more.

On Thursday, Arizona’s statewide average was $4.689 for a gallon of regular, a whopping dollar more per gallon than the national average of $3.686. The average in Phoenix and Scottsdale topped $5 a gallon.

Your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) are sharing ways for Valley drivers can get the most out of a gallon:

1. Slow down: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, each 5 miles per hour you drive over 50 mph is like paying an extra 20 cents per gallon. 


2. Avoid sudden starts and stops: If you see a red light, ease up and coast rather than wait to brake. When the light turns green, gently accelerate. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) can lower your gas mileage by roughly 15 to 30 percent at highway speeds and 10 to 40 percent in stop-and-go traffic.


3. Lighten the load: Hauling cargo on your roof increases wind resistance and lowers fuel economy. You may also want to get the junk out of your trunk.


4. Avoid excessive idling: Turn off your engine when you’re parked. Idling can use a quarter to a half-gallon of fuel per hour, depending on your engine size and air conditioner use.


5. Use cruise control: this helps you maintain a steady speed on highways.


6. Check your tires: properly inflated tires can improve fuel economy up to 3 percent. Follow the levels recommended by the automaker. Consider using nitrogen rather than oxygen (air) in tires. Regular air is more likely to leak than nitrogen. Also, air will expand as temperatures rise while nitrogen is more stable when temps fluctuate. 


7. Plan your travel and consolidate trips to avoid logging extra miles. Doing this not only helps the environment and reduces wear and tear on your vehicle, it also eliminates the need to go out of your way to find lower gas prices.


8. Keep up to date on maintenance. A dirty air filter restricts the flow of air in the engine, which lowers performance.


9. Consider enrolling in fuel reward programs offered by many retailers and grocery stores.


NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals)

The Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests. Visit www.NARPRO.com to find recommended shops near work or home. NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic in the Valley.

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