How To Get Better Gas Mileage: Our 7 Gas-Saving Tips for a more fuel efficient car
While fuel efficient vehicles are on the rise – from better performing engines to hybrids – we as drivers can still do a few simple things to help with fuel efficiency, and ultimately, save more money at the pump. With gas prices all over the places these days and with summer here (more driving, higher prices at the pump!), we’ve put together 7 tips to help you realize better gas mileage. And perhaps, better overall driving practices on the road.
1. Drive Gently
Sudden accelerations guzzle gas. Anticipate traffic patterns ahead and adjust your speed gradually.
2. Check Tire Pressure
Under inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels waste fuel by forcing the engine to work harder. (Let the tires cool down before checking the air pressure.) Out-of-line wheels, as evidenced by uneven tread wear, should be aligned by a professional.
3. Reduce Air Drag – Close Windows
Your mileage should improve if you keep the windows closed at highway speeds, since air drag is reduced. This is true even with the air conditioning on-assuming that the system is in good working order. But turn the air conditioning off in stop-and-go traffic to save fuel.
4. Avoid Speeding
Speeding decreases your miles per gallon.
5. Eliminate access weight
Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle. Store only essentials in the trunk. Less weight means better mileage.
6. Drive less & consolidate trips
Some trips may be unnecessary. Also, try to travel when traffic is light so you can avoid stop-and-go conditions.
7. Maintain a Tuned up Engine
A well-maintained engine operates at peak efficiency, maximizing gas mileage. Follow the service schedules listed in the owner’s manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended; have engine performance problems (rough idling, poor acceleration, etc.) corrected at a repair facility. Given today’s high-tech engines, it’s wise to have this type of work done by auto technicians who are ASE certified in engine performance.