10 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Vehicles Fuel Economy
Whether your planning a long road trip or just trying to cut back on your travel expenses, there are many ways you can help boost your vehicles fuel economy to save money:
1.Get a Front-End Alignment
When tires fall out of alignment your engine has to work harder, which can reduce gas mileage by as much as 10%. If you notice your car pulling to one side or the steering wheel is off-center, take your car in for an alignment, pronto.
2.Maintain the Correct Tire Pressure
Under-inflated tires can both adversely effect a car’s gas mileage and lead to uneven and/or premature tread wear. Tire pressure should be checked on a monthly basis to ensure your tires are inflated to the PSI recommended by the automaker.
3.Get a tune-up
If your vehicle is in need of a tune up, especially if it failed an emissions test, it’s probably getting around 4 percent fewer mpg than it should.
4.Clean Out Your Trunk
Reducing a vehicles weight is one of the easiest ways to boost its fuel economy. Clearing out the junk in your trunk will help lighten the load on your engine.
5.Keep Your Left Foot Off the Brake Pedal
Habitually driving with your left foot resting on the brake pedal can not only wear out a car’s brakes prematurely, it can also reduce gas consumption by as much as 35 percent.
For every five fewer miles per hour you cruise along at highway speed – say, driving at 65 mph instead of 70 – you can cut your vehicle’s fuel consumption by an estimated 7 percent.
Accelerating/Braking abruptly wastes a substantial amount of gas. Keep things smooth on the road by anticipating the movement of traffic and using the brakes as little as possible.
8.Use the Right Fuel for Your Vehicle
Different vehicles operate more efficiently with different fuel types. Double check your owner’s manual for the appropriate fuel type for your vehicle.
9.Use the Right Motor Oil for Your Vehicle
Whether you take your vehicle in for oil changes or prefer to do it yourself, be sure the crankcase is filled with the thinnest-viscosity motor oil recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
10. Check Your Gas Cap
Broken or missing gas caps not only have an impact on your gas mileage, they are also harmful to our environment as they allow harmful fumes to escape from your vehicle that contribute to smog.
In most cases, your “check engine” light will illuminate if your gas cap isn’t sealed tight enough.