Learning how to save fuel and get better gas mileage can benefit both your wallet and your car. Below are some things that you can do to improve your fuel economy.
Gas Mileage Tips
Improve your mileage
Get more mileage for your money with these quick tips:
- Avoid aggressive driving: Speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money1.
- Go the speed limit: Not only is it safer to adhere to speed limits, gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph1. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.28 per gallon for gas.
- Remove excess weight: An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. Smaller vehicles are affected by extra weight more than larger ones1.
- Don’t be idle: Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked. It only takes a few seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle. Turning your engine on and off excessively, however, may increase starter wear1.
- Keep your engine properly tuned: Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent. Fixing a serious maintenance problem can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent1.
- Keep tires properly inflated: Proper tire pressure can increase mileage up to 3 percent, improve handling, and prolong the life of your tires.
1 U.S. Department of Energy http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/drive.shtml
Make sure your vehicle is maintained properly
Check your owner’s manual for required vehicle maintenance information. It’s not only important for vehicle reliability and performance, but for safety as well. Also, your vehicle warranty may be contingent on following the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.
Get used to doing a “walk around” inspection of your vehicle before you get in it and drive away. Pay particular attention to your tires. If they’re excessively worn or improperly inflated, they not only waste fuel but can be a safety hazard. Find more tips for maintaining your car.
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