Fuel Saving Tips
Talk to your service technician on ways to improve your gas mileage.
- Keep your tires properly inflated for better fuel mileage and check them frequently for excessive wear.
- Let your service technician properly align your vehicles suspension and steering if you notice any pull or vibration.
- Use the thinnest viscosity oil that your car’s manufacturer recommends.
- Keep your engine in proper mechanical condition.
- Keep your engine in tune and make sure the air and fuel filters are clean.
- Make sure your brakes are not squealing or dragging.
- Repair body damage. That crunched front fender adds aerodynamic drag – just ask any racecar driver.
- Don’t use premium fuel if your car does not require it; using it is an unnecessary expense.
- Don’t wast your money on those late night “as seen on TV” products that are supposed to increase your mileage.
- Check your gas cap. About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose, or missing altogether causing millions of gallons of gas to vaporize each year.
- Avoid excessive warm-up time. Modern engines do not require it.
- Don’t idle your engine for long periods. Turn off your engine when you leave the car or have to wait a long time.
- Avoid quick starts and stops. Aggressive driving can dramatically lower your fuel economy.
- Driving within the recommended speed limit will improve your fuel mileage.
- For new vehicles with aerodynamic designs, close the windows and turn on the air conditioning if necessary when driving on the freeway.
- For older cars with inefficient air conditioning compressors, use the ventilation system and close the windows, temperature permitting.
- Anticipate merging traffic and stoplights – decelerate and accelerate smoothly.
- Plan your trip wisely. If you need to go several places, plan a route that allows you to run most or all of your errands in one outing.
- Empty the trunk! Unnecessary items stored in your trunk adds additional weight to your car and can decrease your fuel economy.
- Car-pool whenever possible or practical.
- Listen to radio reports for alternate routes around congested areas.
- Drive in the highest possible gear.
Try to keep your speed constant. Use your cruise control when on long stretches of road.
Tips for Improving Your Gas Mileage
With today’s high gas prices, it’s worth taking a few minutes out of your day to make minor modifications that will improve your gas mileage.
- Keep Tires Properly Inflated
- Perform Regular Tune-ups
- Replace Air Filters Regularly
- Replace Oil Regularly
- Replace Spark Plugs Regularly
- Observe the Speed Limits
- Combine Trips
- Don't Haul Unneeded Items
- Avoid Quick Starts and Stops
- Avoid Excessive Idling
- Keep Gas Cap Tight