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MAINTENANCE: Perform "smart" maintenance before you drive.

Shell knows it’s important to be prepared and well-equipped every time you hit the road. Here are some tips to help ensure your vehicle is ready to go the distance.

  • Keep your engine well-tuned with a preventive maintenance provider as well as repair any problems immediately - According to www.fueleconomy.gov, if your car has failed an emissions test or is noticeably out of tune, repairing the problem could improve your fuel economy by 4 percent on average, though results vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent.*

  • Keep your tyres at the right pressure - Proper air pressure cuts down on fuel used while driving. Keeping tires at the correct pressure can improve your gasoline mileage by more than 3 percent. Under-inflated tires can lower fuel economy by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.

    The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver's side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner's manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire's sidewall.*

  • Remove excess weight - Keep your trunk and back seat clear of unnecessary items that only add weight. Removing excess weight can improve your fuel economy. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your fuel economy by up to 2 percent. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.*

  • Reduce drag - A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow you to meet your needs with a smaller car. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5 percent. Reduce aerodynamic drag and improve your fuel economy by removing your roof rack when not in use.*

*Source:  www.fueleconomy.gov - opens in new window

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