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EZ Lube

November 07, 2011 13:27 ET

EZ Lube Offers Tips to Boost Fuel Economy & Help Drivers Save at the Pump

Southern California Gas Prices Are Among the Highest in the Country -- EZ Lube Offers 6 Tips for Fuel Efficiency

COSTA MESA, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 7, 2011) - EZ Lube, a quick lube retailer based in Costa Mesa, Calif., has been helping make it "EZ" for Southern California drivers to maintain their cars for more than 20 years with professional service and unmatched value. Drivers across SoCal experience some of the highest gas prices in the country, and EZ Lube wants to help ease the pain at the pump by offering fuel efficiency tips that put money back in your wallet.

  • Do Some Research. A simple way to save money at the pump is to find out where the best prices are, instead of waiting until the last minute or just stopping at a nearby location. GasBuddy.com is a great resource where you can search for stations with the lowest prices in your city. Not near a computer? No problem. GasBuddy has a mobile app to find the most affordable station when you're on the go.

  • Don't Sit Idle. It's no secret that sitting in a stationary car doesn't help fuel economy. A general rule of thumb is to turn off your car when you know you'll be stopped for 30 seconds or more.

  • Lighten the Load. Extra weight in your vehicle reduces MPG, so remember to unload any unnecessary items you may be carrying. Avoid lugging around the junk in your trunk or your tank will hit "E" faster than you think.

  • Slow Down. Gas mileage plummets when you're driving more than 60 miles per hour down the freeway. Fueleconomy.gov says that every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph translates to paying an extra 24 cents per gallon of gas.

  • Pump it up. Make sure your tires are properly inflated to ensure you get the most out of your fuel. Check your owner's manual or look for a sticker on your driver's side door jamb for the proper tire pressure for your vehicle. This tip from energy.gov can save you up to 11 cents per gallon of gas.

  • Consult your Manual. Make sure the oil you choose is designed for your engine. Lower viscosity oils -- or lighter oils -- contain friction-reducing additives that make it easier to pump and lubricate, which help improve fuel efficiency. According to fueleconomy.gov, you can improve your gas mileage up to 2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil.

About EZ Lube: Founded in 1988, EZ Lube is Southern California's only locally based quick lube retailer that owns and operates all of its locations. The company is dedicated to making car care 'EZ' for customers by delivering unmatched value and professional service done quickly and with a smile. Its 73 stores stretch from Bakersfield to San Diego, servicing more than 1 million vehicles annually and helping Southern Californians get better gas mileage, reduce emissions and extend the life of their vehicles. EZ Lube offers oil changes and other preventive services, such as fluid and filter replacements, A/C service, intake system cleaning and tire rotations. Because the stores aren't franchised, EZ Lube is able to offer a consistency of service and pricing unparalleled in the market -- backed by an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The high levels of satisfaction rely on excellent customer service and the fact that EZ Lube insists on using quality brands like Castrol, Mobil 1, and Chevron, alongside value-priced options for the budget-conscious consumer. For more information, visit www.ezlube.com.

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