There are plenty of reasons to want to reduce your fuel usage. Not only is it better for the environment, but using less gas is a huge money saver over time. Reducing the amount of fuel you consume each week is easy when you have access to carpools and public transportation, but those aren’t always available. Below are some easy ways to instantly increase gas mileage in your car.
Tips to Increase Gas Mileage
No more “pedal to the metal.”
Rapid acceleration can be fun in a fast car, or may seem necessary if you’re in a hurry, but you’re burning up extra fuel and putting unnecessary strain on your engine.
Your mother was right this time! Gas mileage drops when you go more than 60mph. Keeping to lower speeds in general will increase your fuel efficiency by as much as 7-23%.
Clean your car (inside and out!)
It may seem trivial, but the buildup of dirt and grime on your car increases drag and forces your engine to work harder. If your car is like a second closet, time to declutter! You lose 2% more fuel per 100 pounds of weight in the car.
Use cruise control whenever possible.
If you’re on the highway, using cruise control will keep your car at a steady pace so you can avoid the constant braking and acceleration that reduces gas mileage.
Letting your engine warm up in the morning is a popular myth, but all it does is burn up extra fuel. Avoid leaving your car running in your driveway, and consider turning off your engine at extra-long stop lights or when you’re stuck in traffic.
Check your tires often.
Underinflated tires can reduce your fuel efficiency by 1%, which adds up over time. Make sure your tires have optimal pressure, and schedule regular tire rotations to keep them properly aligned.
Schedule regular oil changes.
Keeping your car’s engine in top condition is one of the best ways to make sure you’re getting the best gas mileage possible. Check your manufacturer’s recommendations to see how often to change your oil, though it’s typically between 3,000 – 5,000 miles or every 3 – 5 months.
Window flags and other fun “add ons” are a great way to show off your favorite team or celebrate a special occasion, but the extra drag will force your engine to burn more fuel.
Dents, scratches, and chips in your car’s frame and windshield will increase drag while you’re driving, especially at higher speeds. Keep your car in good repair so it can run as efficiently as it was designed!
Avoid the stop-and-go routes.
Frequent braking and acceleration is one of the top ways to hurt your gas mileage, so plan to take the most direct route to your destination whenever possible.