7 Ways to Increase Your Gas Mileage
While the list could go on, here are the easiest and quickest fixes you could implement to get a bit more out of each gallon and stretch your dollar a bit further in the process!
- Quit driving like an animal. Quick acceleration and deceleration is a waste of fuel – accelerating slowly at a lower RPM eats up less gas. Decelerating slowly i.e. not speeding up to the red light only to slam on your breaks, is more fuel efficient.
- Don’t idle! It’s a waste of gas. Just shut your engine off if you’re going to be sitting anywhere for more than a minute.
- Drive at a steady speed – 55 mph is the sweet spot for fuel efficiency. If you go above or below that speed, then try to keep your speed steady; meaning, try to hold a consistent RPM instead of constantly accelerating and decelerating. On the highway, cruise control comes in real handy here!
- Change your air filter when needed. Dirty air coming through to the engine will make it work less efficiently, whereas clean air keeps things running smoothly.
- Check the air pressure on your tires – too much or too little air in your tires has a bigger effect on your fuel efficiency than you realize. Make sure it’s in the sweet spot of “just right”
- Get rid of the junk in your trunk. Excess weight can take a toll on gas mileage. Think twice about using your trunk as a storage (or waste) bin.
- Get regular tune ups! This is the most important…making sure all your fluids and mechanics are up to par goes a long way in fuel efficiency. A well-oiled machine works way better than a grimy one.
While we don’t expect you to change your driving habits any time soon, it’s something to think about next time you put on your lead shoes for a highway cruise 🙂
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