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How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Tampa, FL

At Volkswagen Brandon, we want our customers to get the best performance possible out of their vehicles. This includes fuel efficiency, so we’ve compiled a list of the best ways to maximize the gas mileage of your Volkswagen model so you can drive farther while saving money and having fun.

Schedule your travel time efficiently.

Let’s face it: Traffic is unpleasant and inevitable. However, if you plan your errands, appointments and travels to avoid rush hour and other busy times, you can help save significantly on fuel. Got a whole lot on your to-do list? Try to make as few trips as possible and group errands into the same area so you don’t burn gas running all over town.

Reduce weight.

Has your car become a mobile storage unit, full of random things in your trunk and backseat? These items can actually be hurting your car’s fuel efficiency. Consider clearing out unnecessary items and removing exterior accessories, such as bike racks or cargo boxes, when you’re not using them. A lighter car burns less fuel.

Avoid speeding.

Speeding isn’t just dangerous — it’s bad for your gas mileage, too. Driving faster than 50 miles per hour can actually minimize your fuel efficiency by 7% to 14%. When you’re on the highway, use cruise control when it’s safe to do so. This will keep you from speeding up accidentally.

Pump gas when the temperature is coolest.

Did you know that gasoline is denser when it’s cold? Try to plan your gas station stops for the coolest times of day, such as early morning or nighttime. When you pump your gas, you’ll actually get more for your money when the weather is chilly.

Don’t let your vehicle idle for too long.

Avoid letting your car idle. Idling consumes a lot of fuel, so whenever you’re waiting somewhere, turn your car off and restart it whenever it’s time to go.

Keep up with maintenance.

Maintaining your vehicle is one of the best ways to maximize your Volkswagen model’s fuel efficiency. Keep your tires inflated, replace the spark plugs (if needed) and schedule an appointment for an alignment. Our skilled technicians can take care of this and much more. We’re always ready to help keep your vehicle in great shape.

If you need further advice about your vehicle, feel free to contact us or stop by our dealership at 9816 East Adamo Drive, Tampa, FL 33619. We look forward to serving our customers in Tampa and near Brandon, Wesley Chapel, Sarasota and Clearwater.

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