Filling up your tank can get pricey, especially during the busy season when you are running from school to work to errands and back again.
1. Check your air filter
A clean air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%. Check out our blog on air filters.
2. Check your tire pressure
Make sure the tire air pressure is at the level your manufacturer recommends. A tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.
3. Drive more smoothly
Aggressive drinking uses a lot of gas. According to edmunds.com, “If you lowed your 0-to-60 mph acceleration time down from your current 10 seconds to a more normal city pace of 15 seconds, you’ll feel savings immediately.”
4. Check your tire alignment
Poor alignment causes tire to wear out more quickly and forces your engine to work harder.
5. Avoid excessive idling
Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for anything longer than one or two minutes.
6. Drive slower
This is important, especially on highways. While it can be difficult, you can reduce fuel consumption by 7% for ever 5 mph.
7. Be careful on your brakes
Fuel economy may increase by as much as 20% when you anticipate traffic and apply the brakes slowly and accelerate at a steady rate.
8. Use cruise control
Cruise control helps you maintain a constant speed over long distances which improves gas mileage.
9. Keep the windows closed at high speeds
When you have drive with the windows down, it increases drag on you car, which means it has to work even harder, using more gas.
10. Get your car serviced regularly
This is tried and true and is always on our check lists! Preventative maintenance saves you money and gas in the long run and it’s always worth the time and money!