Improving Your Gas Mileage

2014-08-19 09.18.21

Let’s face it. The cost of gas has risen quite significantly over the last decade, causing Americans to dig deeper into their pocket just to fill up their gas tank.

If you want to stretch your hard earned dollars further, there are steps you can take to improve your gas mileage!

In addition to keeping your car well tuned and following your manufacturer’s regular maintenance schedule, there are also driving tips you can take to reduce your fuel economy.

Follow these guidelines to keep your vehicle operating at optimal performance all while saving you money!

Ensure proper tire inflation.

Keeping your tires properly inflated as well as aligned can help save fuel. Having improperly inflated tires causes your vehicle to drag. When your vehicle’s balance is off, your car’s engine has to work harder and use more fuel.

Service your vehicle regularly.

Did you know a properly maintained engine can save you up to 4% on fuel? Simply keeping your vehicle up to date on maintenance such as oil and filter changes, spark plugs, air filter, fluids, etc, will not only extend the life of your vehicle, but also allow your car to run more efficient and minimize emissions.

Drive sensibly.

Aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by 33% on the highway and by 5% in the city. Decreasing your speed, avoiding rapid acceleration and excessive braking will allow you to save fuel and improve your gas mileage by approximately 10% which equates to about $0.10 to $0.34 per gallon.

Observe the posted speed limit.

While every vehicle is different, gas mileage typically decreases once your drive above 50 mph. For each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.23 per gallon of gas. Observing the posted speed limit can keep your vehicle fuel efficient as well as keep you safe.

Avoid excess weight.

Leave items you don’t need at home. Having additional items strapped to the roof or stored in the truck will cause your vehicle to work harder, hence using more fuel. Just adding an extra 100 pounds of cargo can reduce your gas mileage by up to 2%. Items strapped to the roof increase your wind resistance, or aerodynamic drag, therefore lowering fuel efficiency.

Use your cruise control.

Using your vehicle’s cruise control allows you to continuously drive a consistent speed.There will be less acceleration and deceleration, therefore saving you gas.

Avoid idling.

Idling can use up to a half gallon of fuel per hour. If you are parked, turn your engine off.An old myth once said it took more fuel to restart your vehicle than to keep it running.In reality, it takes a minimal amount of fuel to start up your vehicle. If you are idling for a minute or more, turn off your vehicle.

Sources:


http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/driveHabits.jsp

http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_vehicles/smart-transportation-solutions/better-fuel-efficiency/how-to-maximize-your.html