As we all know, the price of gas is out of control right now and increasing every day. While we can’t control the gas prices, there are many things we can do to increase our vehicle’s gas mileage and save a few bucks… every little bit helps!
- Tire Inflation – One of the best ways to increase your gas mileage is by properly inflating your tires. It may not seem like much, but underinflated tires can decrease your mileage by up to three percent! Make sure you check your tire pressure at least once a month and inflate them to the level recommended by your car’s manufacturer.
- Tune Ups – Another way to improve your gas mileage is by keeping your car tuned up. A well-tuned engine will run more efficiently and use less gas. You should get a tune-up at least once a year, or every 15,000 miles – whichever comes first.
- Lose the Junk in the Trunk – Did you know extra weight in your car can decrease your mileage? It’s true! So, if you’re hauling around a lot of unnecessary junk in the trunk, it’s time to clean it out. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference this can make.
- Slow and Steady – Driving slower can actually help you save on gas. The faster you drive, the more fuel your car uses. So, if you’re in no hurry, take it easy on the accelerator and enjoy the scenery. You’ll get there eventually – and use less gas in the process!
- Fuel Up in the Morning – Gas stations don’t raise their prices until the afternoon , so if you can, fill up your tank in the morning. This way, you’ll get gas at the lower price and be set for the rest of the day.
- Fuel Additives – Some fuel additives can actually help your car’s gas mileage. There are many different types of additives on the market, so do some research to see if there is one that would be beneficial for your vehicle.
- Limit Idling – Idling uses more fuel than you may think. Many newer vehicles have an auto start/stop function, but if yours doesn’t, it makes sense to turn off your engine if you’re going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds.
- Don’t Fill the Tank – We mentioned extra weight previously, and that applies to the weight of gas you’ll have to haul around as well. By not completely filling your tank, you’ll be carrying less weight and increase your mileage.
- Cruise Control – Using your cruise control when practical will help you maintain a more consistent speed and help save on gas.
- Front End Alignment – Over time, running over potholes and bumps will cause your vehicles wheels to become misaligned. The engine will have to work harder which can lead to decreased gas mileage as well as premature wear on your tires. So, if you notice your car pulling to one side or the other when driving, it’s time for an alignment.
As you can see, there are many things you can do to improve your vehicle’s gas mileage. By following these simple tips, you’ll be saving money every time you hit the road!