No matter what you drive, whether it’s a compact, a hybrid, a truck, or an SUV, you are probably concerned about gas mileage for one reason or another. Those who feel strongly about the issue are probably concerned with the environment and conserving our natural resources. Others might have qualms about air quality. And at a very basic level, we all want to save money at the pump, right?
We can all agree fuel economy is an issue on most drivers’ minds. Unfortunately, a majority of people don’t do anything to improve their gas mileage because they have the false idea that the only solution is to buy a hybrid or electric car. Sure, you can vastly improve your MPGs this way, but there are tons of other simple steps you can take to improve your gas mileage.
Check Tire Pressure
Next time you go to the gas station, stop and check your tire pressure. Compare it with your owner’s manual and replenish with air if need be. It’s that simple!
Having your tire pressure at the recommended level is proven to increase your gas mileage. Plus, it will help your tires last longer and improve handling.
You know that box of old dishes you have in your trunk or that baseball bat and glove in the back seat? It may not seem like much, but every extra pound your car has will contribute to low gas mileage.
Simply cleaning out your car and only keeping the necessities will bump up your car’s efficiency. Say bye-bye to that old coffee maker already!
This tip might not be a popular one but it can’t be ignored that driving at slower speeds, accelerating slowly, and braking gently all help with efficiency. If slamming on the breaks and cruising from zero to sixty are a part of your daily driving finesse, consider changing the way you drive.
Get Gas in the Morning
Here’s a tip that won’t require you to clean your car or change your driving style. Since gas is denser at lower temperatures, you are likely to get more gas for the same amount of money if you pump when it’s cooler. So stop getting gas on your way home from work –save it for Saturday morning!
Use Cruise Control
Think cruise control is only for long road trips? Think again. Cruise control is a great way to maintain fuel efficiency because it works to regulate your speed. Constantly speeding up and slowing down decreases gas mileage; cruise control prevents this by keeping the car at the same speed. Of course, cruise control is only practical on the highway but try to use it whenever possible.