As gas prices rise, memories of $5 per gallon gas in 2008 gets Rockland innkeepers thinking about easing pain at the pumps for their guests. From June 1 through September, the Berry Manor Inn as a member of the Historic Inns of Rockland, ME will team up with Eastern Tire & Auto Service, Inc., a family owned and operated business, providing tires and service since 1946 to offer their signature “No Fueling” tune up for cars. This creative package not only offers an R&R tune up for guests of Berry Manor Inn, but their cars will be treated to a special tune-up to help improve fuel efficiency when guests stay for three midweek nights.
Here’s how it works: Book a three night stay at the Berry Manor Inn Sunday through Thursday from June – September, 2012 and you will drive home “mean and green" with a $10 purchase of the signature "No Fueling” tune up to improve efficiency of the car. This tune up normally retails for $55 and includes a new air filter (offering up to 15% increased fuel efficiency), check and regulation of tire pressure (for up to 7% increase fuel efficiency), your own tire pressure gauge to check your tire pressure monthly to maintain efficiency, driving tips to maximize fuel efficiency and a reusable shopping bag to lighten the load! Once in Rockland, park the car at Eastern & Auto Service, Inc. and stroll Rockland’s downtown streets, museums and boutique shops as the Berry Manor Inn is within easy strolling distance of downtown shops and restaurants. There’s plenty of time for guests to tune up their own energy reserves while relaxing at a choice of four welcoming inns while the car gets its own tune up.
Best of all, this signature tune up will help to save at least 20 pounds of carbon dioxide from being created with each gallon of gasoline not burned – no fueling! Both Eastern Tire & Auto Service, Inc. and the Berry Manor Inn are dedicated to fighting global warming and helping consumers save, one driver at a time.
About Eastern Tire & Auto Service, Inc.
For more than 65 years Eastern Tire & Auto Service, Inc. has been providing quality tire and auto repair to four generations of vehicle owners in Midcoast Maine. The focus is on customer satisfaction first and foremost, resulting in service that “goes the extra mile”. In addition the company is tenaciously committed to supporting the community. Art work of various artists is displayed in the business’s Garage Gallery and community organizations are regular recipients of donations for local causes for Eastern Tire & Auto Service, Inc. For more information visit www.easterntireinc.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/EasternTire or call 207-594-5250.
Historic Inns of Rockland and Eastern Tire & Auto Service’s Drive Green, Not Mean Tips
1.) Use Pedal Power – Opting to walk or ride your bike to your destination is of course the healthier choice for you and the environment! Each of the Historic Inns and Eastern Tire & Auto Service, Inc. are all walking distance to the downtown shops and restaurants.
2.) Keep your car and engine in top performance by performing routine basic maintenance such as opting for the “No Fueling Package”. Changing your air filter can improve your car’s gas mileage as much as 20 percent. Under inflated tires negatively impact vehicle performance, tire and tread life and fuel efficiency by as much as 7 percent.
3.) Make sure your car is properly tuned or even opt for Eastern Tire & Auto Service’s complete fuel injection cleaning at a 25 percent discount with the “No Fueling” package. Regular vehicle maintenance improves gas mileage by an average of 5 percent.
4.) Plan your errands and consolidate your trips to conserve fuel. Car pooling is cool!! Grab friends and drive together on your errands, to attend events or for a weekend getaway. This not only means one less car on the road but it will give you plenty of time to talk and laugh together.
5.) Before leaving on a trip or traveling to a place you have never been before get specific directions on how to reach your destination. This will save frustration and extra miles running around looking for where you are trying to go. Historic Inns of Rockland send detailed directions to help avoid wasting fuel finding the way.
6.) Drive with a soft foot. Avoid jack rabbit starts and stops, and make smooth and gradual lane changes. Anticipate changes in traffic lights and coast to a stop or slow for a green light change to avoid unnecessary idling. Driving with a soft foot can improve your gas mileage by as much as 30 percent on the highway and 5 percent with city driving.
7.) Avoid unnecessary idling. Idling consumes a half to one gallon of gas per hour so if you aren’t ready to move in one minute or less – turn off your car! Don’t warm up your car in the driveway, rather warm up your car by driving - start your errands at the furthest point – it is better for the engine.
8.) Slow down. In Maine the motto is “life the way it should be”; while visiting Midcoast Maine obey the highway speed limit of 55 mph where most cars are the more fuel efficient. Gas efficiency is improved by 7-percent for every 5 mph slowed below 60 mph. Driving with cruise control on the highway helps to maintain a constant speed and saves gas.
9.) While driving in Maine, check www.511maine.gov or call "511" for up-to-the-minute travel information, road conditions, accidents or any major delays before they affect fuel consumption.
10.) Travel light. The more weight carried, the more fuel burned. Rent bikes or kayaks locally to save on gas. Remove the golf clubs, rock salt or bike racks if you aren’t using them. Use your Historic Inns of Rockland reusable shopping bag instead of heavy luggage to reduce the weight or save on plastic.