Sunday June 20th, 2021 6:59PM

The Fast Lane: How to keep good gas mileage

By Caleb Hutchins I Video by: Lauren Hunter

The recent gas shortage in Georgia had many people scrambling to find gasoline.

While some were hoarding the gas, others were in genuine need of the fuel to get to and from their daily activities. In those situations, it can be just as important to get good mileage out of the gas you're able to get as it is to find the gas itself.

Mike Robertson, owner of Oakwood Tire Company, said the best way to keep your vehicle's fuel economy in good shape is to keep up with your routine maintenance.

"Most of the time with these new cars, every 5,000 to 7,500 miles is a normal maintenance and then you're checking everything when you do that normal maintenance," Robertson said. "Then you've got 30,000 mile checkups, 50,000 and 60,000 as your car gets older that you do more stuff to."

Almost anything in your vehicle can affect the fuel economy, from spark plugs and air filters to the more modern electronics like sensors.

There are also steps the driver can take in their day-to-day use of the vehicle to make sure the gas mileage stays good. Robertson said it's important not to accelerate or brake too quickly to avoid burning too much fuel.

He also said you shouldn't wait until your tank is nearly empty to re-fuel.

"When you get to half a tank, go ahead and fill up. That doesn't let it get all the way down, get condensation in your tank. That will help it in the long run of a car," Robertson said.

To hear more from Mike Robertson on how to keep good fuel economy in your vehicle, click play on the video above.

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