The price of gas is on the rise. Many of us, though, cannot give up our cars. And, some of us have long commutes that mean even a slight shift in gas prices gouge our budgets. We cannot change how much gas costs. But we can do our part to get the best gas mileage possible.
To find out tips and tricks of the trade, we turned to Mark Hagler, owner of Mark's Service Center in Shorewood.
First, he said, drivers must be cognizant of their own driving habits.
"You're going to waste gas if you're doing the jack rabbit start off the red light," he said.
Then, he suggested proper care of the vehicle was the next step.
"Tire pressure is important," he said. "Maintain the proper tire pressure."
Hagler said in most cars, the correct pressure is listed on a sticker on the door.
In addition to tires, Hagler said owners need to make sure to get tune ups when needed.
Lastly, he said, owners need to pay attention to what the car is telling them. If a check engine light comes on, the faster owners get it in to be taken care of the better. Although the causes may vary, the chance that the issue is effecting gas mileage is pretty good.