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April 12, 2010

Preparing Your Car for a Summer Road Trip

Road-TripNow that the weather is warming up and the flowers are blooming, many people will start packing up their cars and embarking on road trips. When heading out on your next road trip, a few simple maintenance checks will not only help keep you safe, but can also save you money.  


Here are some tips to make your trip more economical and ensure you arrive safely at your destination:


·     Regularly check the inflation pressure of your tires. Keeping tires properly inflated can save you as much as nine cents per gallon in gas costs. You should check your tire inflation pressure “cold” (at least three hours after the vehicle has been stopped and before it has been driven one mile) once a month and adjust accordingly. Properly inflated tires not only contribute to greater fuel efficiency, but also last longer and perform better.

·     Another big factor is proper wheel alignment. Making sure your vehicle is properly aligned can save as much as 15 cents per gallon.

·     Replacing clogged air filters is a biggie. A clean filter versus one that is severely clogged can mean savings as much as 31 cents per gallon. Air filters also keep impurities in the air from damaging internal engine components.

For more money saving tips and ideas when it comes to road trips check out Uniroyal’s free e-book “Hit the Road For Less”. For more RTM Tips & Advice, click here.


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