Greenville, SC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 24, 2007–If you’re planning a trip during summer vacation time, you have lots of company. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics National Household Travel Survey, an estimated 657 million long-distance summer trips will be made between Memorial Day and Labor Day. With gas prices now averaging more than $3 per gallon, more drivers are looking for ways to ease the pressure at the pump.
With seven out of 10 Hispanic trips being taken by personal cars and trucks, automotive expert Ricardo Rodriguez-Long is working with Uniroyal Tire to educate Hispanic drivers about saving money this summer. Rodriguez-Long and Uniroyal have come up with these key maintenance and driving tips that can help steer you towards using gas more efficiently:
1. Check the inflation pressure of your tires. Surprisingly, most Americans are driving around on under-inflated tires. You need to check your tire inflation pressure “cold” once a month and adjust accordingly. The proper inflation pressure can be found in the vehicle’s owner manual or on the placard found on the doorjamb. Few drivers are aware that the pressure indicated on the tire sidewall is the maximum pressure allowed, not what is recommended for your vehicle. This simple step can save you up to 9 cents a gallon. Properly inflated tires not only contribute to greater fuel efficiency, they help your tire last longer and perform better.
2. Another big factor is proper wheel alignment. Driving with your wheels out of alignment can make your tires wear out much faster than normal because of irregular treadwear. Making sure your vehicle is properly aligned can also help you save on fuel, as much as 15 cents a gallon.
3. Follow your car’s routine maintenance schedule. Your owner’s manual will help you stay on track with routine regular checkups that can help you avoid major repairs down the road. You should make sure that you engine is properly tuned. A poorly tuned engine can increase fuel consumption, and it can make your engine work harder, causing it to wear down faster.
4. Replacing clogged air filters frequently can prevent long-term damage and save you as much as 30 cents per gallon in gas.
5. Don’t forget to change your fluids. Brake fluid, power steering fluid and transmission fluid all break down over time and need to be replaced.
6. Change your oil and filter every 3,000 to 4,000 miles. Over time, our engine oil does not lubricate as well. The oil filter keeps dirt and particles away from critical components in your engine.
1. Drive with ease when possible. By applying gas and brakes gradually, you are limiting friction, which is important for your car’s longevity.
2. Don’t drive on a near-empty tank of gas because you might be circulating sediment from the bottom of your tank through your fuel system. This could potentially destroy your fuel injector.
3. Don’t ignore the lights—Ignoring warning lights on your dashboard might be convenient, but you’re ignoring a warning that something could be seriously wrong, possibly leading to major, costly repairs down the road.
To learn more, visit http://www.uniroyal.com.
Rodriguez-Long is a recognized Hispanic automotive expert and former engine builder for the Toyota racing division.
Uniroyal Tire is one of the world’s leading tire brands for passenger and commercial cars, pick-ups, light trucks, mini vans and sport utility vehicles. Dating back to 1892, Uniroyal Tire has developed a reputation for providing high-quality, affordable tires including its Tiger Paw(R) and Laredo(R) tire series. Uniroyal(R) tires offer just the right combination of dependability, traction and grip in almost every weather condition, and come with one of the industry’s leading warranties. Visit Uniroyal Tire online at http://www.uniroyal.com.
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