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Advice for Road Trips
How to Save Money on Gas and Arrive Safely
FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2008--As the weather warms
up, the open road invites us to jump in our vehicles, roll down the
windows and turn up the radio. But with gas prices high, drivers are
looking for ways to enhance their fuel economy before hitting the
"Don't let the price of gasoline spoil the fun of your family road
trip," says Jim MacPherson, car care expert and automotive radio host
for WTIC-AM in Connecticut. "By taking a few simple steps you can save
money at the pump and ensure the family vehicle is ready to reach your
As a show host, MacPherson is often asked questions about fuel
economy, vehicle maintenance and driver safety, particularly as
drivers prepare for summer road trips. Here are some of the most
common questions callers ask, and his responses to them.
Q: We plan on driving to our destination for the family vacation
this year. Are there ways we can keep gasoline costs down?
A: Yes, there are several things you can do to enhance fuel
economy. For starters, take your vehicle in for a basic tune up. A
poorly tuned engine will burn more fuel. Also, keep tires inflated to
the proper pressure levels and change the air filter regularly.
Consider switching to a fuel efficient motor oil such as Mobil 1
Advanced Fuel Economy. It can deliver up to 2 percent(a) fuel economy
improvement, and this fully synthetic motor oil will protect your
engine in extreme temperatures. For additional cost savings, travel in
a mid-size sedan, rather than taking a full-size SUV. If you're
concerned about the space consider shipping recreational equipment to
your destination or renting items once you have arrived.
Q: What checks of the vehicle should we make before starting out?
A: Plan ahead for your next road trip and schedule a maintenance
service at least two weeks prior to heading out. This will allow for
plenty of time for repairs should your mechanic find a problem. A full
check of the vehicle's safety systems will give you peace of mind
while driving long distances. Most importantly, be sure the vehicle's
tires and brakes are in proper working order.
Q: Are there any driving tips to make the trip more economical?
A: Allow plenty of time to reach your destination so you're not
tempted to speed. Driving at high speeds creates wind resistance and
burns more fuel. When possible, try to keep rapid acceleration and
braking to a minimum, as this can decrease fuel economy. Also, if your
vehicle is equipped with cruise control, I recommend using it. Cruise
control smoothes surges in acceleration and places the driver's view
on the road ahead as opposed to responding to every shift in traffic
Q: I've heard that a dirty car can hurt your fuel economy. Is that
A: Actually, yes. The dirt on your car's exterior creates drag
that, over long distances, reduces your miles-per-gallon. Keeping your
vehicle washed and waxed will improve your vehicle's aerodynamics,
improving your fuel economy. You'll also feel good about driving
around in a clean vehicle.
Q: We are going to need to use the rooftop carrier on our vehicle,
but the warning label calls for a very low weight limit. Is the roof
really capable of supporting only 175 pounds?
A: These weight limits are often established with vehicle control
and handling in mind. Items latched to a roof rack raise the vehicle's
center of gravity. Check your owner's manual and follow the weight
restrictions on the warning labels to ensure safe travels.
For more information about Mobil 1 products call 1-800-MOBIL25 or
(a) Delivers up to 2% fuel economy improvement. Based on a
comparison versus those grades most commonly used and a potential 2%
fuel economy improvement. Actual savings are dependent upon
vehicle/engine type, outside temperature, driving conditions, and your
current engine oil viscosity.
CONTACT: Weber Shandwick
Bob Rybarczyk, 314-552-6731
Media Line, 703-846-4467
SOURCE: Exxon Mobil Corporation