With gas prices on the rise across the globe, people have needed to find ways to cope with this challenge while maintaining the same convenience of private transportation as always. One way that this challenge may be combated is by finding ways to ensure that the fuel in your tank lasts longer. Below are a few tips to help improve your gas mileage and save at the pump!
1. Watch your speed
If you’re driving faster than is necessary, then your car’s engine is working harder and there is more strain on the engine. Your fuel consumption will be a bit higher if you drive too fast.
2. Don’t take unnecessary drives
This may sound obvious, but the more driving you do on a daily basis, the more fuel you will consume. For example, if your local store is half a mile away driving to it may seem like the fastest way but it is unnecessary to do so. Don’t overdo it and exercise a little bit.
3. Properly maintain your car
Understand what you need to do with your car yourself. If you are well informed, then take care of your car and use it safely as much as possible. You will be saving money every time you get into a vehicle that is properly maintained. This may entail making regular oil changes and checking on the engine.
4. Avoid excessive vehicle idling
You can save significant amounts of gas by keeping your car from idling. Each time you idle, you will waste around 3.5oz. (100g) of fuel for every 12 minutes of unnecessary idling. As such, turn off engines when not in use. Be sure to turn off the engine if you have parked your vehicle for more than a moment or two.
5. Turn off the AC
If it’s comfortable outside, turn off the AC compressor and fans. It is estimated that the AC uses almost 8% of the total fuel consumed. Much of this expense is caused by the compressor running at a high frequency to blow air through the system, which is costly.
6. Check your tires and aerodynamics
Tyres and aerodynamics are two important aspects of your vehicle that can slash fuel consumption. One thing to look at is the tires on your car. They need to be properly inflated and fit the car properly.
7. Use the recommended fuel for your vehicle
Be sure to use the recommended type of fuel for your car. If you use the wrong kind of fuel, you risk creating problems with your engine, which in turn reduces gas mileage. It is also important to note that while going for premium fuel may seem like the right choice, it is unnecessary unless it has been recommended by the manufacture of the vehicle.
8. Avoid using the Cruise control (where applicable)
The Cruise control will keep your car driving at a steady speed and can make you feel more confident on the road. However, if you are using cruise control, then it is likely that you are always holding down the throttle when driving and this means that more fuel is being used than necessary.
Saving fuel will go a long way towards reducing your general expenditure and hence overall saving. Many ways have been suggested by the experts and they will go a long way to saving you money. This article has provided some basic facts and tips that you can follow to help you save money and reduce your environmental impact and carbon footprint.