With gas prices fluctuating and everyone trying to save a little money, people are asking, “How can I get better gas mileage on my vehicle?” We’ve assembled a list of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of every drop of gasoline.
Good Driving Habits
A clean vehicle is an efficient vehicle. Mud on your vehicle’s undercarriage can slow things down and decrease your gas mileage. (It weighs more than you think!)
Try to consolidate your trips and errands. Starting your engine takes a significant amount of gas, so minimize that if at all possible.
Don’t turn the AC on unless you need it. However, be aware that driving at high speeds with the windows open creates drag, which slows your vehicle down.
Avoid sudden stops and starts – they take up more gas than driving constantly and changing speed gradually.
Try not to let the engine idle for too long. If you think it’s going to be a while, turn off the engine.
In the winter, try to limit your vehicle warm-ups.
More weight means more drag, which means your engine works harder and uses more gas. Clear out things you don’t need in the car, especially from the trunk.
Believe it or not, high speeds are not your friend. This is hard, but driving at 55 mph instead of 65 mph can improve your gas mileage by up to 15%.
If your vehicle has overdrive, use it as soon as your speed is high enough.
Cruise control is your friend. You give your leg a rest, and keeping your vehicle at a constant speed is good for your gas mileage.
Good Service Tips
Improve your engine’s spark. A better air and fuel mixture will mean better gas mileage.
Make some improvements to your car’s intake/outtake system. When gas gets in and exhaust gets out efficiently, you get better performance and gas mileage.
Use high-quality or synthetic motor oil to reduce friction in the engine.
Above all, check your oil! When your oil is low, your engine has to work harder.
Switch out the filters. Dirty filters can increase the amount of fuel your vehicle uses by up to 10%.
Inflate and properly align the tires. Make sure you check both regularly to ensure they stay inflated and aligned.
Have your engine maintained and tuned up regularly. Things can go wrong, and you might not know it. Damage to your vehicle’s engine can harm your gas mileage and lead to other problems down the road.