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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!

Kick These Bad Driving Habits This Year, For Your Own Sake

Texting and Driving

Are you guilty of any bad driving habits? It’s hard for any driver to say that there isn’t a single bad habit that they tend to fall into, but now that the New Year is upon us, the time is perfect to start fresh.

This year, try to avoid these hazardous, money-wasting driving habits:

  • Stop riding the brake, which can cause brake damage or even brake failure over time.
  • Stop leaving garbage in your car when you get out, which will surely pile up over time.
  • Stop skipping your oil changes and keep a log of how frequently you get your oil changed.
  • Stop leaving cruise control on when it’s raining, which could lead to hydroplaning.
  • Stop driving near-empty, which forces your vehicle to get fuel from the bottom of the gas tank, which is likely dirty.
  • And lastly – stop texting while driving, which is one of the most dangerous habits of all.

Follow these tips to help ensure that you keep yourself and other safe on the roads this winter.  For more tips and advice, or to check out our enormous selection of new and used Nissan vehicles, visit us anytime at 171 Nissan.

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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!

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