Sure you’d like to save money—that would make for such a trick question, right? We can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t want to save it, especially on gas! Did you know that there are several things that you can do to your driving habits and your vehicle that can give you a big increase in gas mileage? Incorporate these nine tips into your driving, and you could easily cut your monthly gasoline bill, and with little effort!
- Check your air filter– Studies have found that nearly one quarter of vehicles on the road needs an air filter replacement. Check with this car dealer in Robesonia, PA to see what they know about these studies, and about gross air filters, which prevent air from flowing freely into your engine and can lower a vehicle’s gas mileage by up to 10%.
- Clean out your vehicle regularly. Items like golf clubs or tennis balls can add weight to your car. We also would like you to stop lugging around that huge TV you bought. If your vehicle is cleaned out it will increase your fuel economy by a little bit!
3) Check the tire alignment – Terrible alignment not only results in tires wearing out quickly, but also forces your engine to work really hard. Align your car’s tires and save up to ten percent in gas mileage.
4) Drive slow – For each 5 mph you reduce highway speed, you may reduce fuel consumption by seven percent. That’s right 7%! This is especially true for vehicles with big, frontal surfaces, like trucks and vans. Most drivers do not realize this, so you’re one of few that know this now!
5) Keep your tires inflated – This is a huge one. More than one-quarter of cars are driving on deflated tires. The average under-inflation of 7 1/2 pounds causes fuel efficient loss of five percent.
6) Drive smoothly – This one is easy. Avoid jack-rabbit starts and you’ll improve fuel economy. In particular, feathering your gas pedal when you leave stop signs and lights can save you up to ten percent in mileage.
7) Don’t idle – Besides resulting in air pollution, idling wastes fuel. If stopped for at least 30 seconds while waiting for your boyfriend or girlfriend to walk out of work, turn off the engine, and, unless it is super cold out, don’t bother to “warm up” your car before you drive—we think that this is a great tip!
8) Use the lowest octane gas – Do not use a higher octane gas than what the car absolutely needs. Higher octane gas is only required for high-compression engines. For many cars it simply isn’t needed. Check your owner’s manual for the gas grade that you should be using and go with that.
9) Combine errands into a single trip – It is simply amazing how few drivers do this. It’s possible to save a lot of money by simply combining errands into a tiny number of trips. Try it!