Five Ways to Improve Your Fuel Economy

Most drivers would agree that they spend too much money on gas for their vehicles.

While buying a new car that gets better mileage or swapping your car for a bicycle are sure-fire ways to control your gas spending, not everyone will be able to employ these tactics.

Let’s take a look at some simple ways you can save money on gas without replacing your car, or making drastic changes to your driving habits.

images1- Get Your Vehicle Serviced

One of the most effective ways to boost your car’s fuel efficiency is to get it serviced regularly.

When you take your car to a dealership for service, the mechanic can spot issues that could be hurting your gas mileage.

Problems like a dirty filter or low levels of transmission fluid are easy to fix and can have a real impact on your fuel efficiency.

2- Opt for Regular Fuel

Unless your driver’s manual states that only premium fuel should be used, it’s fine to fill up with regular fuel. If your engine can run on regular gas, there’s no real benefit to using premium fuel.

This tactic won’t improve your car’s mileage, but it will save you a significant amount of money at the pump over time.

3- Ditch the Roof Rack

Many drivers have roof racks and bike racks installed on their cars; while these racks are handy for certain occasions, they increase your car’s aerodynamic drag and force your engine to work harder.

Tests have revealed that even an empty car roof rack generates enough drag to impact gas mileage. The lesson here is:  Don’t carry items on your rack when you don’t need to.

4- Reduce Idling

When your car is idling, you’re burning up gas and not going anywhere: From a fuel-efficiency standpoint, you’re getting zero miles per gallon.

Try to break the habit of idling when you’re waiting outside for someone, and turn off your engine instead. Many drivers are under the impression that you use more gas to start a car than to run it, but that’s a myth.

It’s always smarter to save gas and turn off the car if you plan to be stationary for more than a few minutes.

5- Check Your Tire Pressure

When your tires are too soft, the level of friction between the rubber and the road increases; this means your car’s engine will have to work harder to keep the car moving.

In fact, your vehicle’s gas mileage is reduced by 0.4 percent for each pound per square inch drop in pressure in the four tires.

Check your tire pressure on a regular basis, and be sure to fill the tires to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer.

It’s clear that a few easy changes can make a big difference in your car’s fuel economy. With these tactics in place, you’re bound to save money at the pump without having to buy a new car or start walking to work.