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Tips for Better Fuel Economy in the City

fuel economy in the city

If you drive to the city every day for work, you know better than anyone that cities are the worst place for fuel economy. Backed up traffic and all those stop lights seriously work against you (unless you drive an EV). Here are some tips for improving fuel economy in the city.

Fuel efficiency tips are different in the city than on the freeway. Using cruise control and avoiding idling aren’t that easy in the city. If you can take an alternate route, do it, even if it’s a little more scenic or takes longer—in the end, avoiding the thicker city traffic will save gas and probably time. But if you have to sit through city traffic, it’s a little trickier to save fuel.

If you can avoid it, don’t use the air conditioner. It uses extra gas, and the air doesn’t even stay very cool while you’re idling. You should also make sure your car is as light as possible—excessive cargo, especially on the roof, uses more gas to move and can reduce your car’s aerodynamics.

Drive sensibly. Avoid slamming on the brakes or speeding up quickly after idling. You’re going to have to stop again soon anyway. Give yourself time to coast a little and brake gently, and speed up after a light slowly.

It’s also important to get routine maintenance done so that your car is in its best shape. A car in bad shape uses more fuel than one in good shape!

For more tips or to get your car checked for its regular maintenance, stop by 171 Nissan today and come into our service drive!

How to improve fuel efficiency

Pumping GasCars these days are becoming more and more fuel efficient, but if you’ve got an older car or a huge SUV, your car might be a gas guzzler. However, you’re not doomed to those low mpg ratings! There are plenty of ways to improve fuel efficiency while keeping the spacious interior and solid body you’re used to, and we are going to share some with you!

An easy way to use less gas (as it’s the whole reason cars get better mileage on the freeway than in town) is to use your brakes less. In stop and go traffic, there’s no need to speed up so fast if you’re just going to have to punch your brakes in a few seconds. Speed up gradually and you’ll save more gas than you’d think.  Also, give yourself plenty of time when you are coming up on a stop sign or a red light.  This will also help you use your brakes less and save on gas.

Don’t be afraid to lose a few mph on hills—let the car slow down, and coast down the hill on the other side to speed up. Pick a route with as few traffic lights as possible and, if you possibly can, take back ways home from work to avoid rush hour traffic. Driving in rush hour might as well be driving with your gas cap off.  If you are looking for more ways to take care of your car, check out our Common Car Maintenance FAQ’s here at 171 Nissan!


Best Balance of Fun and Practicality Found in Versatile, Affordable Nissan Juke

2013 Nissan Juke

It might be hard to believe, but the Nissan Juke has now been around for five years already. This year, of course, the compact crossover segment really took off—which proves, once again, that Nissan is way out in front of the market and its competition. However, the new Nissan Juke is more than just a compact crossover. It’s a unique fusion of style, fun, and practicality that all adds up to a new car buyer’s dream.

You can check out the vehicle online right now—and you’ll see a compact crossover with bright orange accents and even a rear spoiler. Those styling cues give off a definitively sporty vibe—and the Juke delivers very well, especially for a car of its size. It comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, 188 horsepower engine, all-wheel-drive capability, and even a Sport driving mode to top it all off.

On the other side of the equation, the vehicle gets up to 34 mpg on the highway and starts at barely over $20,000. So like we said, the versatile, affordable Nissan Juke has a great mixture of affordable and fun features, making it a favorite for new car buyers of all ages.

The Juke comes with even more features than we’ve mentioned here—from a backup camera to Bluetooth technology—so come see us here at 171 Nissan to learn more and to explore the Juke for yourself.