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COST SAVING TIPS

Are You Ready For The Road?

An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.

Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.

Fuel Saving Tips

Condition Effect MPG Penalty up to
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

WIPERS - In the 2001National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.



What People Say About Us


  • -James Bege

    Evan's Automotive and Tire Center A great car repair facility that you can trust. The mechanics are of utmost talented and professional. The prices are really good and the mechanics will not slam you. I recommend them highly! Great friendly staff!


  • -Edmund Bennett

    Justin provided great customer service, performed an inspection of a new vehicle for us at no charge and provided us thorough feedback. Will definitely be back!


  • -Joyce Curtin

    Estimate to fix power steering reasonable. Staff was very efficient and polite. Showroom was immaculate! Timeframe for repair is reasonable. I will be scheduling repair.


  • -Russell Hilsky

    Great service.


  • -Bruce Longacre

    Great service experience. Clean shop nice waiting area. Pleasant people to work with.


  • -Danielle S.

    Professional, reasonably-priced, easy appointment, quality work - definitely recommend. Also to mention - great waiting area - plenty of room & comfortable seating, several cell phone chargers, TV, reading material, cold water, hot coffee, clean bathroom.


  • -Duncan and Jennifer D.

    Rob and Justin at the front counter put me at ease from the first second I stepped into Evan's Automotive. They got the technicians on the vehicle immediately and got me on my way in a timely manner. I strongly recommend this mechanic shop 100% and they have definitely made me a customer for life!


  • -Rhonda S.

    Best customer service in town. Rob and Justin always go out of their way to accommodate. Thank you for always making sure our vehicles are road ready and in great working condition.


  • -Alison M.

    We have used Evan's a few times before and they always have done a great job. This week I found myself with a headlight out and a busy schedule. I stopped in to find out if there was anyone available to change the light. He went out to double check which light, found out they didn't have one in stock, but said he would have one there in 10 minutes. It came in five and I was back on the road. Thank you for such a little thing that can be a big deal!


  • -Betty H.

    I had a 70,000 mile service done on my car this week at Evans Automotive and I was very pleased with the friendliness of the staff. Their work was excellent and their prices very good. I am so pleased that I am returning for new tires tomorrow.


  • -Anna H.

    Great people, friendly and professional. Always ready to help .... Rob and the others at the front desk are awesome


  • -Ja H.

    Quick, honest and fair pricing. It doesn't get better than that. In my several decades of owning a car, I think these guys do it right. I've only said that about 2 other shops in all those years.


  • -William G.

    Very professional and friendly staff, professionals and most importantly, honest! We service our personal vehicles and a couple of our work vans here and they have always been fair and helped us in anything we needed, mechanic and tire work. I highly recommend this place.


  • -Larry P.

    Grand Slam !! These reviews you see are accurate. No better place to take your vehicle. Rob was Extremely knowledgeable and very professionable. They treat you like family. Fair honest, you will be glad you choose Evan's Automotive. Your gonna love the results.


  • -Rhonda N.

    I always get such great service at Evans from Rob and Justin at the front counter to the mechanics. If I've had a concern Mark has always been happy to address it and a happy resolution has been reached. I wouldn't take my trailblazer anywhere else for service or repairs.


  • -George S.

    Great place, extremely excellent service at the front desk. They attempted to patch a tire for me, but couldn't because the steel belt had separated. No charge for their efforts. Will definitely return to Evans next time I need service. Thanks for your help.


  • -Hope S.

    We took the van in to get the tire plugged after running over a screw and decided to get the AC looked at too. They have awesome customer service, very thorough in both diagnosing and explaining the issues. There's a nice clean waiting area with comfortable seats and a TV, and you can make coffee or get a water out of the fridge for free. Very nice set up! They also have a clean restroom for customers.


  • -James Bege

    Evan's Automotive and Tire Center A great car repair facility that you can trust. The mechanics are of utmost talented and professional. The prices are really good and the mechanics will not slam you. I recommend them highly! Great friendly staff!

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