Do you feel like your always having to fill up your gas tank? If you’re like most people stopping at the gas station to fill up probably isn’t your favorite stop of the day, but it’s something you have to do. At least if you are planning on driving yourself anywhere. Let’s face it, gas prices tend to spiral upward and it’s never fun to break the bank while filling up your tank. Unfortunately, it’s something you will have to do every once in a while so we came up with some tips to help you get the most out of your gas.
#1-Watch the lead foot
This is probably the easiest tip to follow, and so simple anyone can do it. If you’re racing off as soon as that red light turns green you’re wasting gas and causing your mpg to be lower. Are you driving above 65 mph on the highway? Surprisingly enough your gas mileage can drop as much as 15% from driving 65 mph or below and driving above 65 mph. This is because when you drive over 65 mph the engine uses more power, therefore using more gas. So the question here is, do you want better fuel economy, or to get there slightly faster? This might not be what you’re wanting to hear, but driving slower will absolutely improve your mpg.
#2-Make Sure You’re Using the Right Octane
Another very simple step to follow! Many people think using mid-grade or premium gas is better for their vehicle or will get them better gas mileage, but this may not be true. Use the grade of octane your user manual has listed, so if your manual lists “regular” it means use regular! High octane fuel is meant for vehicles with high compression engines. High-performance vehicles typically take high-octane gas in order for the system to operate correctly. The majority of vehicles will run just fine on the cheapest gas possible. Don’t waste your money on mid-grade or premium gas if your vehicle doesn’t require it.
#3-Check Your Tire Pressure
This is something you should do always! Keeping the right amount of air in your tires is another simple step to follow to help you get better gas mileage. When your tire pressure is low it increases the resistance of the tire rubbing on the road, therefore robbing the efficiency of your fuel. Driving with your tires at the right pressure can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 3%. So make it a habit or part of your routine any day of the week and check the air pressure in your tires.
#4-Release the Roof Rack
This might not be something you would typically think about, but if you have a roof rack on top of your vehicle it will cause your vehicle to work harder. When the rack is on top of your vehicle it increases the drag. This means your vehicle uses more power to overcome the drag, therefore affecting your gas mileage. When you are commuting to work or anywhere that you aren’t actually using the roof rack, take it off.
#5-Pay Attention to Your Air Filter
This is a biggie! Most people don’t realize this because it is out of sight, out of mind. But this can have a big effect on how your gas is getting used. Your air filter is very important because it protects your engine from all the junk flying around outside. If too much junk builds up on your air filter the engine will have to work harder to pull air through. In order to make up for the reduced airflow, the engine system will use more gas in order to make the mixture richer and keep the engine running smoothly. For better gas mileage change your air filter once a year.
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