Summer Travel: Getting the Best Gas Mileage

 

Best gas mileage

Have you noticed that your mileage is quickly getting worse? Better read our tips on how to fix it!

There are other ways to save money on a road trip aside from shortening your trip and heading home early. You can modify the way you drive to get more bang for your buck. We at Mama’s Used Cars thought that we would share some of our tips for getting the best gas mileage as you plan to hit the road this summer.

Before You Go

  • Before you head out on your next adventure, it is important to make sure your vehicle is prepared. Keeping up with routine maintenance such as oil changes, replacing the air filter, checking tire pressure, etc. are important in getting the most efficiency out of your vehicle, no matter what model year it is.
  • Also, when you fill up your tank before setting out on your trip, choose the coolest time of day. Gas is most dense when it is cooler, so your savings can be immediate.

During Your Trip

  • When driving, it is important to stick to the speed limit. Not only will this reduce the likelihood of interrupting your trip with a speeding ticket, but it will also reduce the amount of time you spend starting and stopping. According to the experts at com, the closer to the set speed limit you travel, the more likely you are to sail through green lights rather than constantly stop at red lights.
  • Speaking of starting and stopping, using cruise control on the highway takes away the need to continually press on the gas pedal and helps to improve efficiency.
  • Though we all like the feel of the wind in our hair, rolling up your windows will reduce added resistance to your vehicle and increase your gas mileage by up to 10%.

We hope you find these tips helpful in increasing your vehicle’s efficiency during your summer traveling. Do you have any other tips to add? We would love to hear them in the comments below.

“Why Should I Rotate My Tires?”

Why should you rotate tires?

If your maintenance does not include tire rotation, it’s time to talk to your service technician about the importance of your tire health.

You might’ve heard from your friends or family that you should get your tires rotated, but when it comes to car maintenance tips, not everyone is always so thorough as to explain the answer to, “Why should I rotate my tires?”

And sometimes, it can be a little embarrassing to ask questions about something everyone else already seems to know about. “Why should I rotate my tires?” one might wonder. “Don’t tires already rotate when you drive the car?”

But there’s no shame in it! We were all newbies once. So here’s what tire rotations are all about.

As you probably know, tires get worn with use. Unfortunately, they don’t wear out evenly. Front tires lose tread more quickly than the rear tires because of the extra force exerted upon them by steering, and sometimes the tires on one specific side can get used up faster too.

Rotating your tires doesn’t refer to spinning them in place—that would be pointless. Instead, it means moving them from one wheel to another, allowing the wear to spread out and extend the life of the tires. In turn, that means less visits to the tire shop for new treads.

If you’ve got more questions about cars, just ask us Mama’s Used Cars and we’ll give you our best answer.

$5 Million Set Aside For Cooper River Preservation

$5 Million Set Aside For Cooper River Preservation

$5 Million Set Aside For Cooper River Preservation – Photo Courtesy of ABC News 4 Charleston

South Carolina’s State Ports Authority voted to put aside $5 million in conservation funds. The funds will be used for the protection of the environment that is put at risk by the deepening of Charleston Harbor from 45 feet to 52 feet. Funding for the conservation of wetlands surrounding the Cooper River corridor was seen as a pact between business and environmental groups. During a speech at Silk Hope Plantation, Governor Nikki Haley told business and environment leaders, “Today is a day that we say yes to both conservation and business – they can be married together.”

The Lowcountry Open Land Trust currently holds 5,182 acres—6.5 miles—of land within the Cooper River corridor. In all, 56,000 acres are held and protected by conservation and historic preservation groups. The allotted funding will purchase a portion of the 15,000 acres that are not protected. Jim Newsome, the State Ports Authority chief executive officer, compared both the deepening of the harbor and the conservation plans equally. “Deepening the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet will have a lasting impact on the competitiveness and economic development efforts in South Carolina, and likewise the conservation commitment announced today carries permanent significance to our region and state.”

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we’re proud of our community for its commitment to the environment.

Staying Fuel-Efficient at Mama’s Used Cars

Fuel-efficient 2010 Ford Fusion

Fuel-efficient 2010 Ford Fusion

With gas prices skyrocketing to unprecedented heights, automakers are putting an added emphasis on fuel efficiency. Companies like Nissan and Toyota have helped to usher in the era of electric and hybrid vehicles with the LEAF and the Prius, while Ford and Mazda have worked to create EcoBoost® engines and Skyactiv® technology. Something we often forget, however, is that there are several fuel-efficient options already on the market—and there have been for years.

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Top 10 Car Commercials Announced at NAIAS

Super Bowl XLVII LogoThe National Football League’s championship game, the Super Bowl, will take place this weekend. It is sure to leave everyone talking about one thing – the commercials! Be prepared for ads from nearly all industries including food, beer, and of course, automakers.

The One Club, a group that promotes excellence in advertising and design, named its Top 10 Automobile Commercials from the Past 25 Years at the 2013 North American International Auto Show recently. A panel of judges made up of over 70 journalists and creative people from across the globe compiles the list. We can expect more of these creative commercials during this weekend’s Super Bowl.

Here are The One Show’s Top 10 car commercials:

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Mama’s Tips: Least Expensive 2012 Vehicles to Insure

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Buying a car is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to being a car owner. Most people forget that the cost of car insurance will vary with each vehicle. Over the next few weeks, we will present the most and least expensive 2012 and 2013 vehicles to insure. Continue reading

The Cars with the Best Value

2012 Toyota Prius

2012 Toyota Prius

An expert independent automotive organization released its list of cars that offer the best value. For the first time in four years, the Honda Fit is no longer at the top of the list.

The organization chose the Toyota Prius as the car with the best value because it offers reliability, low cost of ownership and popularity. The editors also liked the great driving experience, fuel economy and interior design. Continue reading

Top 10 researched new and used cars in 2012

2012 Honda Civic Coupe

According to a leading car research organization, the Honda Civic was the mos researched used car in 2012.

A leading car research company has released its annual list of the Top 10 Most Researched New and Used Cars. SUVs and sedans dominated the lists for 2012 as did foreign automakers like Honda and Toyota.

The internet has become the leading resource for car buyers to find information about vehicles. Consumers look at everything from independent test scores and reliability ratings to reviews conducted by owners and car research organizations.  Continue reading

Road Trip Games for Children

Road Trip Games

If only family road trips were always this peaceful… (Photo courtesy emrank via Flickr)

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, it is time for parents to plan ways to keep their kids occupied during long travel including road trip games.

When Mama was a wee one, she did not have a fancy DVD-player to watch or Nintendo DS to play, so she resorted to some of the following road trip games. They do not require the latest technology, only a little wit and a keen eye. Continue reading

Edmunds readers choose Best Off-Roaders

For the participants in the latest Edmunds Consumers’ Favorites poll, the amount of mud on their vehicle isn’t an eye-sore, it’s a trophy of the fun they just had. The dirtier, the better. The results are in, and here is the list of the seven Best Off-Roaders, as chosen by Edmunds readers. Continue reading