When you own a car, paying for gas can be one of the biggest expenses. Gas prices are always fluctuating; therefore, it makes more sense to squeeze out as many miles as possible from every gallon in your vehicle's tank. When it comes to saving fuel, you have full control. The way you drive and maintain your vehicle can influence its fuel consumption. You can use the following tips to maximize your car’s fuel efficiency.
Drive Smoothly – saves up to 33%
When you drive aggressively, you are wasting fuel, especially at high speeds. Accelerate smoothly and brake softly and early, and minimize how often you change lanes. These techniques not only help you in saving gas, but also prolong the life of your brakes and tires.
Slow Down – saves up to 25%
When you speed up, a lot of fuel is wasted. For many cars, gas mileage decreases immensely when you drive faster than 50 miles per hour. So slow down to save significant amounts of gas.
Use Air Conditioning only on the Highway – saves up to 15%
Fuel economy drops when you use air conditioning at low speeds. However, when you are driving 55 mph or faster, using the air conditioning is preferable, as the engine generates more power at higher speeds, allowing the air conditioning to run more efficiently.
Remove Excess Weight – saves up to 4% for every 100 pounds
Carrying an extra weight can cause mileage to drop. To travel lightly, you should only keep essential items in the vehicle.
Keep Your Engine Tuned – saves up to 40%
Vehicle tune ups can improve fuel mileage. Replacing a faulty oxygen sensor may improve mileage by up to 40%.
Tires should be Properly Inflated – saves up to 4%
Properly inflated tires help keep vehicles safe, offer better handling and increase gas mileage. However, the tires should not exceed the recommended operating air pressure as an overinflated tire can also cause problems.
Use the Recommended Motor Oil – saves up to 2%
Use of a bad grade of motor oil can lower fuel economy. Therefore, you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for motor oil at all times.
All Little Things Can Add Up – saves up to 25% combined
Changing the worn out fuel filter and spark plugs, having the wheels aligned and inspecting your exhaust and emission systems can improve your mileage.
Use the Right Octanes
Your vehicle will run best with the recommended fuel octane, which is specified by the manufacturer of your vehicle. Using an octane that is higher than required can be expensive and it won’t be beneficial for your car.
Alter Travel Practices
Take the bus, walk, or ride a bicycle instead of driving alone. Sharing a ride with someone can also save gas. Communicating well can help you save money. You may also limit your fuel purchases when gas prices are high.