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Denver Auto Shop: Save Fuel with Cruise Control


November 8, 2017

Gas prices fluctuate daily and depending on many outside influences these prices can raise or lower without much warning. Often depending on the world environment, gas prices here in Denver have moved most recently because of impacts caused from the weather. While these prices move up and rarely every move down, Denver Auto Shop, Mancinelli's, offers a big tip towards reducing your fuel mileage and overall saving your time and your hard earned cash at the pump.  

One of the most common methods to increase gas mileage and reduce spending at the gas station is to reduce the amount of extra necessities inside the automobile. Obviously, the lighter a car or truck, the less fuel will be used to provide power for the vehicle. For this reason, any unnecessary equipment, supplies, or belongings riding around with you daily, with no usefulness, should be eliminated. A common example is golf clubs, as the weight of a full bag increases the overall weight of the car and therefore reduces the gas mileage attributable to the vehicle. Unpack the trunk, remove the golf bag and enjoy the improved gas mileage immediately.

While this is a common occurrence, another more debatable influence on fuel mileage is now including on almost any model vehicle. Originally an added feature, cruise control is now available as a more standard practice. The ability to maintain a preset speed and not worry about accelerating and decelerating within the flow of traffic can also be beneficial at the fuel pump. Especially on major highways, interstates and long trips the cruise control should be your best friend.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy fuel economy and drive habits, utilizing the cruise control feature helps you maintain a constant speed, reducing the incidence of changes between pressing on the gas and breaks, and can lead to a reduction in fuel usage. Some of the other requested features for efficient fuel economy suggested include:
  1. Driving Sensibly
  2. Observing the Speed Limit
  3. Avoid Hauling Cargo on the Roof
  4. Avoid Excessive Idling
  5. Remove Excess Weight (as previously noted)
While each of these suggested driving methods can help save fuel. Utilizing the cruise control is probably the most easily utilized on a day-to-day basis. By maintaining a constant speed and avoiding accelerating and decelerating as is often the case when not under the consistant speed of cruise control, a better fuel economy is actualized.

The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center can complete a variety of potential services possibly needed on your vehicle. Their trained professionals will be happy to answer any questions regarding vehicle care or perform service on any model vehicle on the road. ASE certified mechanics are fully trained and certified to work on any car, van, SUV, or truck regardless of the current state. A full review and inspection of your automobile can be completed in a timely manner to keep your vehicle running both effectively and efficiently. Leave your auto with someone you know as most services can be administered the same day. Request an appointment online or call 303-778-9761 today.