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7 Tips for Getting Better Gas Mileage

September 15, 2017Tips and advice Standard

Whether you want to save money at the pump or reduce your carbon footprint, chances are, you are open to finding ways to improve your car’s gas mileage.

Today we are going to look at 7 quick and easy ways to improve your vehicle’ fuel efficiency, without having to necessarily dig in and buy a hybrid.

1. Check Tire Pressure

If your car’s tires are under-inflated, even slightly, your car is going to need to use more gas (like 5 MPG more!) to power forward.  If your car doesn’t have the newest technology (such as tire pressure sensors), try checking your pressure at least once a month to ensure proper inflation.

2. Take a Cruise

When possible, utilize your car’s cruise control feature.  Saving you up to 6% in fuel consumption on the highway, and making for a seamless driving experience, there really is no reason not to.

3. Reduce the Weight

If you are the type of person that uses your car’s trunk as an additional storage unit, stop now.  This added weight makes it harder for your car to function efficiently since it must compensate for all the extra baggage near the back of your car.  Take a load off and watch your gas mileage improve.

4. Follow the Rules

You know from taking the DMV driving test that you are to follow the posted speed limits at all times.  And, while everyone is always in a rush to get everywhere, by following the speed limit, or dare I say, even go a little slower, you can increase your car’s fuel efficiency drastically.

5. Get Your Tune Ups

Recommended maintenance plans, despite what you may think, are not in place just to make you spend your money.  Here are some of the most important things you should regularly have done to your car to maximize its fuel efficiency:

  • Air filters
  • Spark plugs
  • Oxygen sensor
  • Fuel filters
  • Corroded battery cables

 

By taking care of these things when needed, as opposed to after the fact, you will be extending the lifetime of your car, as well as making the most out of your car’s gas mileage.

6. Drive Proactively

Avoid braking and rapidly accelerating repeatedly.  Not only is it dangerous to drive like this, especially during adverse weather, it wreaks havoc on your car’s fuel efficiency.  This is because you have to bring your car back up to speed continuously every time you brake.  This acceleration uses up far more gas than if you simply looked ahead at oncoming traffic, slowed down a bit, and went with the flow.

7. Choose a Gas Efficient Vehicle

If you happen to be in the market for a new car, a little research can go a long way when it comes to choosing the right car for you needs.  And no, buying a hybrid is not your only option.

Check out fueleconomy.gov and conduct some vehicle comparisons.  Here you will find a fuel savings calculator, new model fuel estimates, and even where you can find the cheapest gas, all of which will can help you purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle and save money while driving around.

In the end, several things can improve your car’s fuel efficiency.  And, who doesn’t want to do that?

 

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