Increasing your gas mileage is something that everyone aspires to do, but very few people really know how. With gas prices higher now than in the past, you can really rack up savings when you make strides to improve your overall driving habits and maintenance patterns. With lots of extra cash in your wallet and a car that is performing better overall, you’ll be saving money in more than one way.
In this article, Method 1 describes ways to increase your gas mileage based on changing your driving habits, and Method 2 outlines some maintenance items to address that could affect your car’s performance.
Method 1 of 2: How to alter your driving habits to save money
Step 1: Limit the pace of acceleration. One driving technique that definitely lowers your gas mileage is quickly accelerating.
Obviously, there are times when it is necessary to accelerate quickly. But if you are peeling out of every parking lot and gunning it every time the light turns to green, then you’ve probably started to notice a dip in your gas mileage. By only accelerating quickly when it is necessary, you’ll save on gas.
Step 2: Drive a little slower. Likewise, the overall rate of speed at which you drive can affect your gas mileage.
This means that if you are driving at 70 mph all the time, you are probably getting fewer miles per gallon than the person who drives 50 mph on average. You don’t have to monitor your speed every time you get behind the wheel, but decreasing your average pace will help you achieve better gas mileage.
Method 2 of 2: Staying on top of car maintenance
Step 1: Check your tire pressure. If the pressure in your tires is low, then they are not making perfect contact with the road. This means your engine is effectively wasting energy.
Tires that are inflated to the proper pressure, which can generally be found on the driver’s door panel of your car, are able to propel your car with the full power created by the engine. Underinflated tires, by contrast, don’t permit the full range of that energy to be transferred into forward motion.
Step 2: Get a new air filter. The air filter keeps debris from the outside environment from getting inside the engine.
What this means is that the filter gets clogged up with all sorts of dirt and dust, preventing the engine from receiving the clean air it needs. In turn, the engine compensates for this by using more fuel which means your gas mileage is negatively affected.
Step 3: Stay on top of routine maintenance. Nothing bad can come from staying on top of your car’s routine maintenance, and you could even notice an improvement in gas mileage.
Getting your oil changed, your oil filter replaced, and, in general, making sure all your car’s systems are running well all go a long way to keeping your car running efficiently. Good maintenance translates into an effective use of gas.
Step 4: Remove any external mounts. Simple physics dictates that the more air resistance there is, the more energy is needed to travel at a certain speed.
So, if you have roof racks and a giant clamshell mounted on top of your car, chances are this is affecting your gas mileage. Your car is having to expend more fuel to get where it is going than someone else who does not have a giant roof mount.
Obviously, if you need the roof mounts for regular traveling or other reasons, then it is probably not worth it to take it down and put it back up constantly. But if it is possible to remove them, you could end up saving a little on your gas bill.
Increasing gas mileage is constantly praised by drivers all over the world, but not nearly as many drivers take concrete steps to get better mileage. By following some, even if not all, of the above suggestions, you’ll see a dip in the amount of fuel you need and your budget will thank you as a result.