The Beginner’s Guide to Improved Gas Mileage

Improved Gas Mileage

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.

Reduce Weight

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!

Drive Slower

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.

The Toyota Prius c

When it comes to hybrid cars, there are more and more models, brands, and options popping up all the time. But don’t be fooled. Your best bet for an efficient yet affordable hybrid is the Toyota Prius c. Simply put, it is one of the most affordable hybrid cars out there.

The Prius c delivers an incredible 53 miles per gallon city and 46 miles per gallon highway. While the Prius c is smaller than its original Prius counterpart, this hybrid still comfortably seats five.

Whether you choose normal driving mode, ECO, or EV, you are sure to be impressed with the results you obtain. Watch this video to find out more about the various modes of the Toyota Prius c:

Toyota Hybrids at Dick Dyer Toyota

Have gas prices got you wishing you rode a bicycle to work? Well consider that driving a car doesn’t have to equate to filling a gas tank every single week.

In comes the hybrid. Toyota is proud to offer many hybrid vehicles, five of which can be purchased at Dick Dyer Toyota.

Firstly is the Toyota Prius, arguably the most popular and efficient hybrid out there. This beauty gets an astonishing 51 mpg city / 48 mpg highway.

2012 Toyota Prius v

2012 Toyota Prius v

For those who like the look and feel of the Prius but would like more space, there is the Toyota Prius v. This model is a wagon version of the original Prius and features more interior space, versatile options for carrying cargo, and a larger trunk. Fuel economy is estimated at 44 mpg city / 40 mpg highway.

Toyota knows that bigger isn’t always better, however. That’s why they offer the all-new Prius c, which is meant for city driving. This model is smaller, lighter, and gets better city fuel economy at 53 mpg city.

The ever popular Toyota Camry and Highlander also come in hybrid variants. The Camry Hybrid achieves 40 mpg city / 38 mpg highway while the Highlander Hybrid boasts 28 mpg city and highway.

Why punish yourself at the pump? Get a Hybrid from Dick Dyer Toyota and start saving today!