Tips for Improving Your Truck’s Fuel Economy
Whether you own a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra, no one likes spending more money on fuel than they have to. Here are some tips for improving your truck’s fuel economy.
1: Go easy on the brakes
Hitting the brakes drains your truck’s energy because it involves burning fuel. Go easy on the gas and let off sooner so you can coast to a stop, rather than hit the brakes hard after riding the gas pedal all the way to the stoplight.
2: Monitor tire inflation
If your tires aren’t properly inflated, it reduces their traction on the road, which means your engine has to work harder, and that uses more fuel. Check the right psi for your tires in your owner’s manual, and add air or let it out to the right levels.
3: Get rid of unnecessary weight
This one is tricky because trucks like the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado are meant to carry heavy loads. But if you have roof racks installed that you aren’t currently using, take them off for now. Or if you have a weekend trip planned and you don’t need your tool kit in the bed, leave it in the garage to minimize gas consumption.
4: Use an app
An app that finds the best fuel prices in the area can save you serious gas money, especially if you’re on a long trip and you aren’t familiar with the area you’re visiting. GasBuddy and Waze are two great options.
5: Keep up with maintenance
If you regularly replace your truck’s air filters and have fresh motor oil that meets manufacturer recommendations, your Silverado or Sierra truck will run smoother and your engine will have less work to do. Make a plan with the dealership to get service to not only improve your fuel economy but also save money on future repairs.
Get the most out of your truck when you give us a call at Lugoff Chevrolet Buick GMC. Or stop by in person to say hello and shop for a newer and more efficient pickup than you have now.