Here are some practical tips that can help you make the most out of every gallon and save money on gas.
One of the most crucial factors affecting fuel efficiency is the condition of your vehicle. Regular maintenance can go a long way in ensuring optimal performance. Stay on top of the manufacturer recommended maintenance. Get the car in the shop if the check engine light is on. Even something as simple as a dirty air filter can impact your fuel efficiency. A well-maintained vehicle is going to run more efficiently.
Underinflated tires can lead to increased rolling resistance, resulting in reduced fuel efficiency. Make it a habit to check your tire pressure regularly, keep an eye out for the TPMS light on the dash. and keep them inflated to the recommended levels. Properly inflated tires not only improve fuel economy but also contribute to better handling and safety. Don’t feel like checking them yourself? We got you covered! Swing on by anytime and we’ll check your tire pressure free of charge.
Carrying unnecessary weight in your vehicle can lead to increased fuel consumption. Remove any items from your trunk that you don't regularly use. For every extra 100 pounds in your car, fuel efficiency can decrease by up to 2%. Travel light, and you'll notice a positive impact on your gas mileage.
4. Drive Smoothly
Aggressive driving with rapid accelerations and sudden braking can significantly decrease in fuel efficiency. Instead, practice smooth and gradual acceleration, and anticipate traffic flow to reduce unnecessary braking. Maintaining a constant speed on highways can also save fuel. Using cruise control can also help with this by helping you maintain a consistent speed.
5. Limit Idling
Guess how many miles per gallon you get at idle? That’s right - zero. Idling burns fuel without any meaningful mileage. If you expect to be parked for more than a a few minutes, consider turning off your engine. Modern cars require minimal fuel to restart, making it more fuel-efficient to turn off the engine during extended stops.
If your car requires premium, higher-octane gas, don't try to save money buy opting for the cheaper grades. Doing so can lead to decreased mileage and potentially expensive engine repair. If your car doesn't need it, using a higher octane won't help improve gas mileage. Bottom line: Use the grade that's recommended for your car, and you'll be getting the best bang for your buck.
7. Plan Efficient Routes
Proper route planning can save both time and fuel. Utilize GPS apps that offer real-time traffic information to avoid congested routes and idling in traffic jams. Also, combine multiple errands into a single trip whenever possible to reduce unnecessary mileage.
8. Keep Windows Closed at High Speeds
Driving with windows open at high speeds creates additional drag, reducing fuel efficiency. On the highway, it's more economical to use the AC to maintain a comfortable temperature.
So, start implementing these strategies today, and enjoy the benefits of a more fuel-efficient and budget-friendly ride!