TIPS TO IMPROVE GAS MILEAGE
No matter how much gas costs, you’ll still enjoy plenty of savings by adopting the following fuel-saving tips.
Practice Smooth Acceleration
When it comes to wringing out every last MPG from your vehicle, how you drive your vehicle counts. Abrupt starts from a standstill and hard acceleration can easily cost you in fuel economy. Instead, practice the fine art of pulling away smoothly from a stop and getting your vehicle up to speed with just a gentle push of the throttle. Learning how to drive smoothly will also help you maximize your car’s fuel consumption.
Avoid Prolonged Idling
Unnecessary idling for long periods not only pumps harmful pollutants into the atmosphere, but you’re also wasting fuel while you wait. Most engines burn anywhere from a ½-gallon to 1 gallon of fuel for each hour of idling. So, whether you spend a few minutes waiting at a railroad crossing or a half-hour waiting on a friend or loved one, consider shutting your engine off in the meantime to save fuel and reduce pollution.
Drive the Speed Limit
Even if you’re not a speed demon, it’s tempting to push the limits to get where you’re going just a bit quicker. However, most vehicles are designed to achieve their best fuel efficiency and around 50 to 60 mph. going any faster than that is usually an exercise in diminishing returns — the faster you go, the more fuel you’ll inevitably burn.
If you’re looking to get the best fuel economy out of your vehicle, you’re better off simply sticking to the speed limit. Not only will this help you save fuel, but you’ll also save yourself the potential tickets you could end up getting if you’re caught speeding.
Shed Some Extra Weight
As ordinary drivers, we don’t think about the stuff we carry around in our vehicles on a day-to-day basis. However, carting around the things we don’t need can have a tremendous impact on overall fuel consumption. To achieve the best mileage, get rid of the stuff that you don’t need from your trunk or luggage area.
Stick with the Recommended Fuel Type
Some vehicles recommend you use regular unleaded rated at 87 octane while others recommend 91-octane premium unleaded. Using premium unleaded in a vehicle that only needs regular won’t net much of a benefit, so you’re better off sticking to the fuel type recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
Inflate Your Tires Properly
Have you checked your tires lately? It’s not just worn-out treads that should grab your attention. Proper inflation is also a key factor in ensuring your vehicle achieves optimal fuel efficiency. When your tires aren’t inflated to the manufacturer’s stated pressures, the resulting underinflation and the rolling resistance that was suddenly created can strip a few MPG from your vehicle’s fuel economy.
With advanced tech features like Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) commonplace on most vehicles, it’s easy to check tire pressures at all four wheels from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. However, there’s always room for the classic handheld tire pressure gauge, which you can use to individually inspect tire pressures without relying on a fancy smartphone app or vehicle feature.
Keep Up with Maintenance
A little maintenance can go a long way when it comes to many aspects of your vehicle, including fuel efficiency. Dirty oil, clogged air filters, and worn-out spark plugs not only rob your vehicle of his performance but also causes it to consume more fuel than usual.
Using the right products also count towards improving your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Use only the engine oils recommended for your vehicle, for example, to get the best performance and efficiency possible. Don’t forget to follow vehicle-specific instructions during spark plug changes, air filter replacements, and other maintenance tasks throughout the vehicle.
Ditch the Short Trips
Making multiple short trips to grab groceries, grab a bite to eat, or pick up the kids from practice seems harmless, but those trips can eventually add up to wasted fuel. Multiple trips can cause your car to consume twice the fuel that would have been burned on a single trip.
Instead of zig-zagging back and forth between home/work and wherever your daily errands take you, consolidate all of those stops into a single trip. You’ll end up with less wear and tear on your car, plus you’ll also maximize your fuel usage.
Contact Preston Hood Chevrolet today for more tips!