With the cost of gas either at or rising above $4/gallon, classic car owners may find themselves keeping their vintage vehicles in storage more often than in years past. Since classic hot rods and muscle cars aren’t exactly known for their fuel-saving features, hybrid and electric car technology won’t help much here. The US Department of Energy has some driving tips, however, that can help you make the most out of every precious drop of gas you put into your prized collector car. You can visit their site here.
Maximize your fuel economy with these recommendations:
Drive more efficiently. Avoid bad driving habits such as speeding, aggressive driving, and rapid acceleration/braking. Observe the speed limit since gas mileage usually decreases at speeds over 60 mph. Use cruise control and overdrive to maintain speed and reduce engine wear. Remove excess weight from your car and avoid idling when possible.
Keep your car well maintained. Perform regular vehicle maintenance such as changing spark plugs to with fuel economy and keep your car running. Inflate tires to vehicle manufacturer specifications to improve gas mileage by up to 3.3% as well as help your tires last longer. Use the correct grade of motor oil for your engine and look for “Energy Conserving” on the API performance label.
Regular maintenance and careful driving are two areas in which classic car enthusiasts typically excel. Because of this, Classic Auto Insurance can offer low rates to our vintage vehicle owners. With savings on classic car insurance and fuel, you can afford to take your favorite antique car out for those Sunday drives and maybe hit a few car shows, too!
About the Author
Drew Yagodnik is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.