Here are some of the things you can do to help improve gas mileage for your car:
Develop Good Driving Habits
Keep your car clean. Mud on the undercarriage can weigh a significant amount and slow you down.
Consolidate your daily trips and errands. This will also save you the cost of restarting your engine, which uses a lot of gas.
Avoid air conditioning when possible but know that when driving at higher speeds, having your windows open also creates drag, so windows up on the highway is a better idea.
Drive Smoothly. Sudden starts or stops use more gas than gradual changes in speed.
Don’t idle for extended periods of time. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a lengthy wait of longer than a few minutes.
Clear out the trunk of unnecessary items. More weight equals more drag and decreased gas mileage.
Avoid speeds in excess of 55mph. We know this is is tough! But you can really improve your gas mileage by up to 15 percent driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph.
Use overdrive. If your car is equipped with overdrive gearing use it as soon as your speed is high enough.
Use cruise control. Maintaining a constant speed is ideal for improving your gas mileage.
Tips for Servicing Your Vehicle
Replace the spark plugs in your engine regularly to ensure the air and fuel mixture will burn cleaner and more efficiently.
Improve the intake/output system to allow gas to get in and exhaust to get out of your vehicle.
Reduce friction with the use high-quality or synthetic motor oil.
Check your oil regularly! Low oil makes your engine work harder.
Change your filters! Dirty filters can sometimes increase the amount of fuel your vehicle uses by as much as 10 percent.
Keep tires properly inflated and aligned. Check regularly to ensure your tires are fully inflated and your alignment is good.
Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks. A lot can go wrong with a car. Trust the experts at Brakes Plus of Raleigh, NC to keep you well-informed of what might be wrong with your vehicle and to fix it at a fair price!