Tips to Improve Fuel Economy
One good way to save on gas and reduce the ecological footprint is to improve your fuel economy. If you don’t know where exactly to start in your quest to improve your mileage and conserve fuel, here are some tips that will greatly impact your fuel’s efficiency.
Fuel Economy Tips
- Get a tune-up and oil change whenever necessary. It is essential that you have your engine in perfect condition and cleaned regularly. Keep in mind it is recommended to have a tune-up about every 20,000 miles and an oil change every 3,000 miles. However, check your manual for recommendations. Also don’t forget to recycle the oil and chemicals.
- Do regular checks on your tire pressure and balance. Proper tire inflation is important in fuel economy. Did you know underinflated tires can decrease fuel efficiency by around 10%? This is because it creates extra drag between the tire and the road. The same is true when your tires are balanced. However, it is not a good idea to overinflate your tires. Overinflated tires can often lead to blowouts, loss of vehicle control and a bumpier ride.
- Clean your air filter regularly. It is recommended you replace your air filters every 12,000 miles. Dirty filters block the air flow to the engine and can cause the engine to consume more fuel.
- Also check your brakes for brake drag, clean your fuel injectors, and grease your wheel bearings.
- Install an aftermarket air filter in your car. It helps the engine run more smoothly to increase your fuel mileage.
- Manual transmissions are better for fuel economy. They simply get better mileage than automatic ones.
- Look for parts and accessories that you can remove such as bike racks, roof racks, fins and antennae — these things can just add to the drag of your vehicle. A more aerodynamic vehicle will run more smoothly and increase your fuel efficiency. You can actually skip the warm up time of your vehicle. Contrary to popular belief, warming up your vehicle by keeping its engine idle for more than 30 seconds is not as efficient as you think. Instead, your vehicle will warm up faster when you start driving it gently.
- Avoid the rush hour. Getting stuck in heavy traffic is going to kill your fuel economy. Avoid busy times of the day — such as when people are rushing to get to school or work and when they are rushing to get home. Remember this: Idle time sitting in traffic is not fuel efficient.
- Avoid bad weather. As much as possible, avoid driving in rain, snow, windy days because these weather circumstances will impact your fuel efficiency in a negative way.
- Skip shorter trips as much as possible. Experts say more gas is burned on shorter driving trips, so it is recommended that you plan your trips wisely. If you’re just heading to the grocery store within a few blocks from your house to grab some milk and snacks, then consider walking or riding a bike instead.
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