Fuel Economy Down? 5 Ways to Drive Green This Spring

LaFontaine Automotive Group —  April 3, 2014 — Leave a comment

Spring is finally here and that means it’s the perfect time for a spring clean-up and green-up for your vehicle.


You don’t need a hybrid vehicle to get the most mileage out of your daily driver. By following a few tips, you can make sure you are getting the best mpg possible out of your car.

You see, over time, your car suffers a lot of wear and tear due to temperature changes. If you don’t take care of your vehicle, its condition will begin to deteriorate and your fuel efficiency will decline.

The best way to prevent having to spend more at the gas pump this spring is by maintaining your car. Scheduling a check-up will improve your overall drive quality and make your vehicle more eco-friendly (what’s not to like about that?)

Here are 5 Ways to Drive Green This Spring:

1. Schedule a Tune-Up

One of the best things you can do for your car is routine maintenance.


Whether you drive a new vehicle, or enjoy the comfort of your older trusted road companion, regular maintenance is key.

Staying on top of tune-ups enables your car parts to function at optimum levels and paves the way for better fuel efficiency. The more in tune your car parts are, the less CO2 emissions your car produces, and the healthier everyone is (including your car) in the long run.

2. Check Your Battery

In order to ensure your battery is strong enough to last you another season, get it inspected.

Be sure to check your battery connects and cables for signs of corrosion. A simple detailing and clean-up will allow you to see signs of wear and tear.

A good battery will make your car more eco-friendly by supporting your engine.

3. Good Driving Habits

Your driving habits impact your auto parts and fuel efficiency. Aggressive driving causes your car parts to wear and tear faster.

Over time, your engine has to compensate for worn out auto parts by working harder. This causes your car to burn fuel at a faster rate and releases more CO2 into the atmosphere.

Be mindful of the speed limit and be gentle on your accelerator.

4. Check your fluids

The most essential fluids your car should have at all times include engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze/coolant and power steering fluid.


These fluids are important because they keep your car parts well lubricated and running smoothly. In the long run, this will also prevent your car parts from wear and breaking down.

When you service your vehicle at a LaFontaine Service Center, our technicians will perform a Multi-Point Inspection on your vehicle and show you the current levels and conditions of these essential fluids.

5. Proper Tire Inflation

Tires are essential when it comes to fuel efficiency. Be sure to get your tires properly inflated according to the recommendation in your owner’s manual.

Properly inflated tires will not only improve your ride quality but also enhance your fuel economy.

Tire pressure changes depending on the temperature so be sure to get your pressure checked at the beginning of every season.

Paying attention to your car parts and what’s going on under your hood will make your car more eco-friendly and last much longer.

Before you embark on your springtime journey, be sure to visit us at a LaFontaineServiceCenter to make sure your vehicle is ready to hit the road.

Give us a call at (855) 326-4593 or visit us online to schedule your appointment today!



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Founded in 1980, the award winning and nationally recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group includes 33 franchises, 4 Collision Centers in 16 Michigan locations and employs over 1400 people. It’s the mission of the LaFontaine Family to personalize the automotive experience by building lifelong relationships that connect families and strengthen the community. The Family Deal: It’s not just what you get, it’s how you feel.

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