Whatever Gas Prices Do, Make Sure You Drive a Fuel-Efficient Car

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We drivers certainly have been spoiled since the holidays. At a time of year when gas prices tend to be high, across the U.S. gas prices continued to drop. Here in the Laurel area, we even saw gas drop to under $2 per gallon. However, according to AAA, “The national average price of gas reached a current 2015 low on January 26 of $2.03 per gallon, which was the lowest average since March 27, 2009.” However, as of last week AAA reported the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has increased every day for two weeks for a total of 14 cents per gallon. Week-over-week prices are higher in 48 states and Washington, D.C.

The ebb and flow of gas prices is nothing new for us. While we can’t control the cost of gas, there is one thing you can do to manage how much you are paying at the pump—you can choose a fuel-efficient car.

At Tischer Acura Nissan, we have many models that boast excellent fuel economy. If you’re in the market for a fuel-efficient car, here are the ones you will want to keep in mind:

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

nissan leaf fuel efficient carsLet’s point out the obvious choice—the Nissan LEAF. It’s a 100% electric vehicle which means never having to pay at the pump. Plus, there’s the added benefit of tax breaks for driving electric vehicles. If you want to know what it’s like to own a LEAF, check out the interview we did with one of our LEAF-driving customers.

You also have the option of the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid which runs partially on electric power and partially on gas. The hybrid system uses an Intelligent Dual Clutch System that efficiently manages power from both the electric motor and the gas engine. To conserve fuel, the electric motor powers the Pathfinder at start-up and while coasting. When you are accelerating, passing, or towing the boat, the gas engine kicks in, working in tandem with the electric motor to power the vehicle.

If you are interested in either the Nissan LEAF or Pathfinder Hybrid, please contact us: 888-544-9033

Nissan Altima

nissan-altima-fuel-efficient-carThe Nissan’s number one seller— the Altima—boasts up to an incredibly efficient 38 MPG fuel economy and has an 18-gallon tank. So, let’s do a little math. Say gas prices average $2.25 per gallon. 18 gallons at $2.25 is a full tank of gas for $40.50 and a total of up to 684 miles. That means you could drive from the Washington DC area to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (approximately 432 miles) and still have gas left in your tank—and all for about $40!

Check out the Nissan Altima.

Additional Nissan Models

Here’s something you may not know: The Nissan line-up has many models that are fuel-efficient, including the Juke and the Rogue, with some models offering as high as 40 MPG highway (Nissan Versa Sedan, Versa Note, Sentra)!

Check out our Nissan inventory on our website: http://tischernissan.com/

Acura MDX

acura mdx fuel efficient SUVAcura’s best-selling luxury SUV is also surprisingly fuel-efficient for a larger car. For example, a front-wheel drive MDX offers as much as 27 MPG highway. And while for some MDX models premium fuel is recommended, our Acura Sales Consultant, Noah, explains that “you can use regular fuel with the MDX without hurting the engine or voiding your warranty.” So again, let’s create a little scenario. The MDX has a 19.5-gallon tank. Based on our $2.25 per gallon gas rate, that’s a full tank for approximately $44. On a full tank of gas, you can travel approximately 513 miles in an MDX. If you were to drive from the Washington DC area to Disney World, that’s about 861 miles. That means you could load up the family in this comfortable three-row SUV and drive to Disney World and back (round-trip) for about $150. What would the cost of plane tickets to Disney for your family be? We can say with confidence that it would be a lot more than $150!

Check out the Acura MDX.

With the upcoming tax season, fluctuating gas prices, and folks itching for the end of winter and yearning for summer vacation, it’s a smart idea to consider switching to a fuel-efficient car. We’d like to be the dealership that helps you do just that. Feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter with your questions or feedback regarding what you read today.

Tips for Being a Green Driver with a Gasoline-Powered Vehicle

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Let’s face it – the days of paying $2.00 or less per gallon of gas are long gone and probably will never return!  But the fact remains that for most Americans, having a vehicle is essential to their way of life. Between the commute to work, weekend trips and running regular errands, the cost of a fill-up can be pretty painful to the wallet.

Although many auto manufacturers are continuing to perfect cars that use alternate fuel sources, not everyone can afford to buy a new hybrid or electric vehicle.  The good news for most of us is that the automakers are also continuing to increase fuel efficiency in those vehicles that are gasoline powered.  So, by following some (or all) of the tips in this article, you can help to increase your fuel economy and savings by up to 47%.  Cutting back on the amount of gas your vehicle is using can help in two major ways:  it will save money and it is also beneficial to the environment.

These “green” driving tips will not only help to cut back on the pollution emitted by your car, but can also help to keep a little more “green” in your wallet!

1. Remove Unnecessary Items from Your Car

Much like the human body, extra or unnecessary weight in your car requires more energy (fuel) to get from point A to point B.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that for every 100 extra pounds your car carries, it loses 2% of its fuel economy. By removing any unnecessary items from the trunk and back seat, you can help to keep that loss to a minimum.

2. Keep Tires Properly Inflated

We’ve mentioned this suggestion in prior blog posts, but it can’t be stressed enough. Properly-inflated tires have less contact with the road and, therefore, encounter less friction. By reducing the amount of friction your tires have to overcome, your engine doesn’t have to work as hard to move the vehicle. According to the EPA, properly-inflated tires can increase your fuel economy by up to 3%.

Another option is to switch to low rolling-resistance tires, which are harder than regular tires so they encounter even less friction. There is a down side to this option–harder tires will affect the way your car handles the road.

3. Reduce The Need for Speed

Speeding, hard-braking and jack-rabbit acceleration are a bad combination when it comes to fuel economy. When starting, stopping, and accelerating, your vehicle must overcome inertia (the resistance force an object meets when changing its state of motion). Overcoming this force requires energy and in the case of a car, that means gas. Speeding, accelerating quickly, and braking hard can deplete efficiency by 33%, according to the EPA.1  On the other hand, slow acceleration, coasting, and gradual stopping will have the opposite effect and will help to preserve the gas in your tank.

4. Car Pooling and Ride Sharing

Car pooling and ride sharing are great ways to cut down on fuel consumption. Both options offer drivers a way to split the driving and fuel costs, while collectively reducing the amount of gas being used, damage to the environment from pollution, and the miles put on each vehicle. In addition, many areas with heavy congestion offer High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes for car poolers to use. Since most people drive by themselves, HOV lanes typically have fewer cars and less traffic, benefiting drivers by saving time as well.

5. The Wheels on the Bus – Taking Public Transportation

Public transportation is a great alternative to getting behind the wheel of your own vehicle. Aside from the fact that it is a fraction of the cost of driving yourself around town, it is also a much more environmentally-friendly way to get around. Most public transportation systems run on clean-burning natural gas or electricity depending on the mode of transportation, and in the case of rail line transport, have virtually no traffic to compete with. The main down side of public transportation is the added time needed to get where you’re going due the frequent stops made and the time needed for passengers to embark/disembark.

6. Other Alternatives

In addition to the items listed above, there are some other things that can be done to be more “green” with your car.  Some of them are not for everyone, but other options include converting your vehicle to a bio-diesel engine, down-grading from an SUV (if you drive one) to a more fuel-efficient vehicle, and looking into four-day work weeks or telecommuting at your place of employment.

With the cost of fuel continually on the rise, conserving fuel, improving fuel economy, and helping to reduce excess fuel consumption is essential. Hopefully, these tips can help you to find ways to improve on all of those things and save some money in the process.

Do you have any tips for cutting down on fuel consumption, fuel cost, or just about going more “green” in your vehicle? Let us know in the comments section below – we value your opinion!

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