With Winter fast approaching in the U.S. and Canada, it's time to take a moment to make sure your car is as efficient as advertised. It makes no sense to spend money money on gasoline than you have to!

Fall is a good time to get your vehicle maintenance done, have your suspension checked, or get that alignment you've been waiting for. Remember to also get your tires rotated so they wear evenly. You'll spend less money on tires if you remember to rotate them twice a year or every other oil change (6,000 miles or so).

After several thousand miles and lots of potholes, it may be time to get an alignment. An alignment is done by putting sensors on your wheels to make sure that the tires are contacting the road at the correct angles. A vehicle out of alignment will waste gas and will reduce the life of your tires significantly.

Research indicates that the average car is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with toe alignment just 0.34 degrees (Just 0.17 inches) out of specification has dragged its tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year! That's why it is so important to have this done, not to mention the fuel savings!

Also remember that if you're living in an area that gets any snow, to brush it off. I know I get tired sometimes or am rushed and don't have time, but the weight really can add up and reduce your economy. Also, don't pre-warm your vehicle- a car is most inefficient when it idles!

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