Summer can mean putting a few extra miles on your car and paying more at the pump.Î¾ There are some basic things you can do to gear up for driving in the summer heat.Î¾ Jody DeVere is a car expert and president of the automotive advice site AskPatty.com.
"There's no such thing as full-serve gas stations anymore.Î¾ And so doing some basic checks like checking your fluids, checking your windshield wipers, your tire pressure, looking at your hoses and belts to make sure they're not frayed--these are all basic maintenance things that we should all know how to do, guys and girls."
DeVere says car maintenance goes hand-in-hand with fuel efficiency.
"People are not buying as many cars right now, so they need to maintain and keep their cars running longer.Î¾ Going over 60 miles an hour actually decreases fuel efficiency dramatically.Î¾ And so keeping your speed at 60 miles an hour or under on the highway.Î¾ Driving habits, of course, are good.Î¾ Using cruise control."
DeVere also recommends switching to a more fuel efficient synthetic motor oil.Î¾ AskPatty.com tries to empower women to deal with car maintenance issues.Î¾
Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.