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Summer Tips: Get That Car Ready Before You Hit The Road

2012 July 3

By Lina Younes

Summer is my favorite time of year. Days are longer. There are more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends. As some of you may be planning a family road trip this summer, there is one thing that you should consider as part of your travel preparations. If you’re driving, make sure the car is ready to hit the road.

Proper car maintenance will make your car more fuel efficient, save you money and protect the environment by producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Keeping tires properly inflated is a simple step that can go a long way to improve fuel efficiency and enhance your safety on the road as well. By following the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule you’ll also reduce the overall wear and tear of the vehicle.

Do you want another useful tip to increase your gas mileage without any additional cost? No, you won’t find it in a store. Simply obey the speed limit! Avoid sudden stops and hard accelerations. Aggressive driving only wastes gas, increases emissions, and makes you waste money at the pump.

So, simple steps can go a long way to have a great summer this year. Do you have any special plans? We will love to hear from you.

About the author: Lina Younes is the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. Among her duties, she’s responsible for outreach to Hispanic organizations and media. She spearheaded the team that recently launched EPA’s new Spanish website, . She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. She’s currently the editor of EPA’s new Spanish blog, Conversando acerca de nuestro medio ambiente. Prior to joining the agency, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and an international radio broadcaster. She has held other positions in and out of the Federal Government.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. July 4, 2012

    It is vary important article for who are driving the car.By following these tips we can enjoy the summary ,save your money and enhance your safety in roads.Thank you for sharing these tips with us.

  2. July 4, 2012

    I have practiced hypermieing for years ain’t saves me money in gas. I don’t carry it to the extreme but I do not participate in drag race starts from a stop light and I try to anticipate traffic light changes ahead of time. I increased my fuel mileage 1/2 to 1 mile per gallon around town. Less on the highway.

  3. July 5, 2012

    These are good simple tips. It can be so easy to forget the little things while traveling like walking around your car and looking it over before you leave. Also remember to look if you have put anything on the roof before you pull away.

  4. July 6, 2012

    Wow what a great post! Easy to read and useful. I was actually thinking about the influence oc car maintenance and driving habits on gas mileage. Gas prices are only increasing and cars only get older. The tips shared here are wise, especially as emotions go a little more wild due to the heat and the economy.

    The tip that I can use the most is to avoid sudden stops and hard accelerations. This saves gas, saves energy and keeps everything more cool on these blazing hot summer days!

    Osiris, from Hotlanta, Georgia.

  5. Lina-EPA permalink
    July 9, 2012

    Thanks, Osiris
    Appreciate your input,

  6. July 30, 2012

    Hard accelerations which are bound to be followed to sudden stops are not only bad for you and your car but also for other people travelling on the same road and their cars. So please be emphatic!

  7. Kredyt Samochodowy permalink
    October 14, 2012

    These tips are good I’ll just add that buying a fuel-efficient new car is more important than ever before, with record fuel prices pushing up costs for motorists at the pumps.

  8. Cara Mudah permalink
    September 20, 2013

    I increased my fuel mileage 1/2 to 1 mile per gallon around town. Less on the highway.

  9. abibunda permalink
    February 17, 2014

    Thank you for sharing these tips

  10. Goru permalink
    June 13, 2014

    Yes, thank you so much!

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