Thursday, 24 October 2013

How To Maximize Your Gas Mileage

How To Maximize Your Gas Mileage

Being a car owner can be an expensive business – especially nowadays. But there are a few simple changes you can make to keep your gas costs down, saving you quite a bit of money in the long term.

Before we start it’s worth noting that you should check out to sell a used car. It allows you to value the price of your car and uses a calculator that takes into account your gas mileage.

Don’t drive with excess weight
Just 100 pounds of extra weight in your car could reduce your MPG return by as much as two per cent. Take all the stuff you won’t be needing for this particular journey out of your trunk to immediately make a difference.

Watch your speed
Of course, speed limits are put in place to try and ensure safer driving, and you’re legally obliged to observe them. But also bear in mind that driving faster will eat up gas much more quickly, so watch your speed at all times.

Check your oil
Keep your oil topped up to the correct level to keep thing’s running smoothly; if it’s turned black, it’s time to change it.

Change your air filter
Your car’s air filter can quickly become dirty and clogged. Get into the habit of taking a look at yours every time you check your oil, and replace on an annual basis.

Adjust your driving style
Driving aggressively isn’t just bad for your stress levels; it also has an effect on the amount of gas you use. Try to avoid accelerating rapidly and then suddenly braking. Wherever possible, slow and steady is always your best option.

Keep tires at the right pressure
You’d be surprised what a difference your tires can make to how much gas you use... Make sure they’re kept inflated to the pressure recommended in the owner’s manual by regularly topping up; your tires will also last longer if you stay on top of this, too.

Buy your gas at the right time
Gas is densest during the cooler times of day, so try and fill up in the morning or evening. Also, try not to let your tank run so low that you’re forced to go with the nearest gas station (which might be overpriced compared to the one that’s just a little further down the road).

Avoid idling
Keeping the engine running when your car’s at a standstill is pretty wasteful. If you’re stuck in gridlock traffic or have to come to a stop for a while for whatever reason, turn off. Likewise, don’t leave the car running for more than 45 seconds after start up before setting off.

Change spark plugs early
Don’t wait until you’re reached the 100,000 mile limit before you change your 100,000 mile spark plugs… Problems will often start occurring during those final 20,000 miles, so replace early.

Avoid rough roads
Sometimes there’s no alternative, but driving over rough terrain can use up to 30% more fuel; find an alternative route if you can.

Think about changing your car
It’s a last resort but, if you’ve opted for a ‘gas guzzler’ but find you can’t keep up with the running costs, then it might be time to consider selling iton and buying a more fuel efficient car.

High Performance Alignment by Iron Canyon Motorsports

High Performance 4 Wheel Alignment

Correct wheel alignment of your vehicle is important as even slight changes in geometry can affect the handling, not to mention tire wear and fuel consumption.  Simply hitting a curb or a pothole can have an adverse effect on the vehicles wheel alignment geometry. Modifications to your cars suspension will affect your alignment in several areas. Usually in a negative way. A Performance Alignment will correct the vehicles geometry to obtain the best handling vehicle possible. To gain the maximum benefit of an aftermarket suspension system and maximize tire life and performance a Performance 4 Wheel Alignment is mandatory.

Suspension modifications such as coil over conversions, lowered vehicles, performance shock absorbers, and composite bushings all require a performance alignment to get the most out of the modifications. For race cars used in a competition a Performance, or Competition Alignment, that includes corner balancing, or scaling, is mandatory to make the most of performance tires and other modifications.

Many vehicles such as BMW’s, Mazda Miata’s, and the FRS/FRZ models have very adjustable suspensions and are popular with both racers and the performance track day enthusiast when it comes to aftermarket suspension modifications. A CompetitionPerformance Alignment will help the enthusiast get the most out of these modifications as well as maximize both tire life and safety.

A pull to one side or a vibration through the steering wheel may indicate an alignment issue. Many handling problems such as these can be solved by Iron Canyon Motorsports state of the art WheelAlignment System. With a correct wheel alignment ride and handling of the vehicle is vastly improved.

Fuel Consumption
An incorrect wheel alignment increases the rolling resistance of the vehicle and increases tire wear. The effect of this is more fuel consumption, shortened tire life, and poor performance. Together with making sure your tire pressures are correct, a Performance Alignment will get your better fuel economy, improved tire life, and superior vehicle performance.

During the alignment process it is important to inspect the suspension components and bushings. We will advise you on their condition and work with you to remediate any problems or issues that are uncovered. If necessary, we will recommend replacement components that are appropriate for your car and your budget.

Cars with modified suspensions that may also have wider tires and wheels than delivered from the factory need specialized alignment settings. Caster, Camber, Toe, and ride height settings may be vastly different on cars with a performance oriented suspension. The factory settings often referenced by the typical tire or alignment shop are not appropriate for these vehicles. As most shops lack the performance oriented background they are often reluctant to deviate from the factory settings.

How we can help?
Iron Canyon Motorsports has installed a Hunter Hawkeye Elite 4 Wheel Alignment System that gives us complete control over your cars suspension settings. Lowered cars are no problem as our lift is recessed. The Hawkeye Elite uses special tire clamps to hold the alignment targets so there is no chance of damaging your expensive rims as is the case with traditional wheel alignment wheel clamps. We can advise you on settings that are suited to the car's purpose whether it be it road or track. When it comes to the more serious track enthusiast or racer we can perform an alignment to your specifications as well as corner weight and balance the car using our wireless digital scale system.

Not Local?
If visiting our facility is not possible don’t worry, we have you covered. Iron Canyon Motorsports produces a number of alignment tools for the DIY grassroots enthusiast or club racer. Our products are used in both amateur and professional road racing events presented by NASA, SCCA, TCRA, and others. All our products are available on our website at

You can schedule an appointment for a wheel alignment by calling us at 800 408-1390 or sending us an email at We are here to answer any questions you might have as well. 

Author Bio:

Mark Nichols is an expert in wheel alignment and competition alignment services. He always shares tips and steps on wheel alignment and competition alignment services.