Loren's Auto: Tips for Improved Gas Mileage

With today's high gas prices, it's worth taking a few minutes out of your day to make minor modifications that will improve your gas mileage. ALLDATA's ASE certified technicians have developed 22 effective tips for reducing the amount of gas you use while driving your vehicle:

Vehicle Tips

  • Keep your tires properly inflated, and check them frequently. 1
  • Keep your front suspension and steering in proper alignment.
  • Use the thinnest viscosity oil that your car's manufacturer recommends (5W-30 for most newer cars).
  • Keep your engine in proper mechanical condition.
  • Keep your engine in tune and make sure the air and fuel filters are clean.
  • Make sure your brakes are not dragging.
  • Repair body damage. That crunched front fender adds aerodynamic drag — just ask any race car driver.
  • Don't use premium fuel if your car does not require it (check your owner's manual); using it is an unnecessary expense.
  • Don't waste your money on those late night "as seen on TV" products that are supposed to increase your mileage.

Driving Tips

  • Avoid excessive warm-up time. Modern engines do not require it.
  • Don't idle your engine for long periods. Turn off your engine when you leave the car or have to wait a long time. 2
  • Avoid jack-rabbit starts.
  • Keep your speed at 55 miles per hour or less whenever possible. 3
  • For newer vehicles with aerodynamic designs, close the windows and turn on the A/C when driving on the freeway.
  • For older cars with inefficient A/C compressors, use the ventilation system and close the windows, temperature permitting.
  • Anticipate merging traffic and stoplights — decelerate and accelerate smoothly.
  • Plan your trips wisely. If you need to go several places, plan a route that allows you to run most or all of your errands in one outing.
  • Empty the trunk! Extra clothes, overdue library books, tools and the bag of aluminum cans that you have been meaning to take to the recycler all weigh down your car unnecessarily. 4
  • Car pool whenever possible or practical.
  • Listen to radio reports for alternate routes around congested areas.
  • Drive in the highest gear possible (without lugging the engine).
  • Try to keep your speed constant. Use cruise control when on long stretches of road.


  • 1 According to the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly four million gallons of gasoline could be saved nationwide each day for every one pound per square inch (psi) of tire under-inflation, compared to the mileage if ALL vehicle tires were kept inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure. [ Return to List ]
  • 2 The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that for 145 million passenger vehicles idling five minutes per day, approximately four million gallons of gasoline are consumed without going anywhere. [Return to List]
  • 3 According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a vehicle loses about one percent in fuel economy for every one mile per hour above 55 m.p.h. that it is driven. A passenger car that averages 30 miles per gallon at 55 m.p.h. could typically get 28.5 m.p.g. at 60 m.p.h., 27 m.p.g. at 65 m.p.h. and 25.5 m.p.g. at 70 m.p.h. Remember, however, that for different speeds, the changes in fuel economy will vary by vehicle model. [Return to List]
  • 4 Each 100 pounds of needless weight will cost up to one-half mile per gallon, on the average. [Return to List]

Loren's Auto in the Spotlight

When your car is in need of repair, don't despair, take it to Loren's Auto Repair located in Ashley Square, 1309 Hwy 2 West in Kalispell. Loren's Auto Repair has provided quality auto service in the Flathead Valley since 1993, and has earned accreditation in AAA's Approved Auto Repair Program. The focus of this program is to identify the top service facilities in the area.

Loren's is a full-service auto repair facility. They repair most domestic and foreign cars, as well as light and medium duty trucks and motorhomes. They are the authorized Workhorse Custom Chassis repair center for this area. At Loren's you'll find a variety of features to serve all your automotive needs, including all of the factory recommended maintenance services to keep your new car warranty in effect. Loren's Auto Repair uses top of the line products most of which are provided by NAPA and AC/Delco.

Now Servicing Mercedes

Now Servicing Mercedes

Mercedes – For over 100 years, Mercedes-Benz has been the standard for luxury automobiles. Mercedes are built for quality and engineered to be safe, sturdy and reliable. Mercedes has an impressive line up with the C-Class, E-Class, and the luxury S-Class and covers coupes, SUVs , and sedans reaching into the Ultra-Luxury models. Due to their high end engineering, when you need Mercedes repair in Kalispell, look to the Mercedes Certified Technician at Loren’s Auto Repair.
At Loren’s Auto Repair in Kalispell, MT, our goal is to help you get the most out of your Mercedes vehicle. Whether your Mercedes simply needs basic maintenance services like an oil change or a more in-depth Mercedes repair, our nationally certified technicians offer the best technical expertise to keep your Mercedes safe and running worry free. When you need Mercedes repair in Kalispell, MT call on the professionals at Loren’s Auto Repair.

Check Out Our Customer Reviews

I took my vehicle to Loren's when a friend suggested that I go there after disappointing results with the local VW dealer. The people at Loren's were able to diagnose my engine problem. They were able to locate and repair a cracked seal that was missed at the previously mentioned center. In addition, they performed an oil change, put in a battery cut-off, replaced a defective freeze plug, replaced my oil pan.

I am very pleased with the professionalism and workmanship at Loren's. They took the time to listen to my concerns, address those concerns, and update me on the progress of the work being done. I fell that their prices are quite fair for the work that was performed. I was pleased to learn that they are AAA certified, and their work showed it. Their facilities including the garage area are spotless also showing me that they are meticulous. I highly recommend Loren's for automotive service and will be a loyal customer from here on out.

Everett D
Kalispell, MT

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