As someone who spends a lot of time in the car, I am always looking for money-saving car tips. I almost had a heart attack yesterday when I filled my gas tank. It’s been a while since I needed gas, but I was ill-prepared for the dollar amount that showed up on the pump. I decided to do some research and came up with several tried-and-true methods to increase fuel efficiency. So, if you are interested in saving money, follow these simple auto tips to improve gas mileage. You may need to alter some driving habits and drive defensively, but I promise you will see cost savings in your future.
Alter Driving Habits to Improve Gas Mileage
It’s okay to admit that we all have driving habits. That’s not to say they are all inherently bad. Wearing a seatbelt is a great driving habit to have. However, we should rethink unsafe or inefficient habits. I know change is hard. Nevertheless, if it can improve gas mileage, reduce harmful emissions, and save money, you should consider the following tips.
Drive The Speed Limit
Speed limits are used for several different reasons. First and foremost, they improve road traffic safety by reducing casualties from both automobile and pedestrian accidents. Second, they reduce the impact of traffic noise and emissions on the environment. Equally important is the effect a speed limit has on fuel consumption. Fuel efficiency declines significantly at speeds over 50 mph. So, if you want to improve gas mileage in town and on the highway, stick to the posted speed limit whenever possible.
Other Useful Driving Tips
- Use cruise control.
- Coast whenever possible.
- Accelerate and brake smoothly.
- Practice defensive driving instead of aggressive driving.
Lighten The Load
We are all guilty of using our car for short-term storage from time to time. Unfortunately, all that excess stuff adds unnecessary weight. That extra weight causes poor gas mileage. Lighten the load and see an immediate improvement.
- Remove your roof rack.
- Clean out the trunk.
- Keep essential items (like an emergency kit, spare tire, etc.) and store non-essential items.
Use Windows & A/C Wisely
Driving with the windows down increases drag, thus reducing fuel efficiency. Using the A/C is a drain on the engine, reducing fuel efficiency. It’s a classic Catch-22. So, what should you do? A good rule of thumb to remember is, when driving at speeds under 35 mph, open windows are more efficient than A/C. If driving over 35 mph, keep the windows rolled up and use the A/C at a lower setting.
Reduce Idle Times
There is a common myth that all cars need to warm up for 5 minutes (or more), during colder months. In reality, unless your car is a Classic (pre1980) and comes equipped with a carburetor, there is no need to idle that long. Modern cars with electronic fuel injections do not require a long warm-up period. In fact, 30 seconds is considered optimal according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Needless idling reduces gas mileage and increases greenhouse emissions.
Auto Maintenance Tips to Improve Gas Mileage
Routine auto maintenance is a great way to increase gas mileage. Your automobile is a complicated machine with numerous parts that all require varying degrees of care. A lot of these parts have a direct correlation to fuel efficiency. Below are some of the top maintenance items to service regularly.
Tire pressure is sensitive to temperature changes. When the temperatures fall, you may notice that your tires look low. The indicator light may even be on in your dashboard. Don’t ignore that light. Inspect your tires for any sign of damages or slow leaks. Have them repaired or replaced if necessary. Also, use a quality digital gauge to check for low pressure at least once a month. Check the door jam sticker or your owner’s manual for the recommended air pressure for your tires. Properly inflated tires perform better by increasing traction, handling, and fuel economy.
Oil Change & Tune-up
Performing an oil change and tune-up have definite advantages for your gas mileage. It is also a good way to prevent small issues from turning into big problems. Whether you DIY or bring your auto to a service station, always use the factory-recommended parts and fluids. Choosing cheaper or alternative options may not only significantly lower your automobile’s performance, but it can be detrimental long term.
- Use the correct oil weight and grade for your specific automobile type.
- Replace dirty air filters as needed.
- Inspect gas cap seal. Evaporation can vastly reduce your mpg.
- Use the correct fuel grade for your automobile.
Need A Quality Service Station in Pomona?
TaylorCo Japanese Auto Service is Pomona’s one-stop-shop for all your auto servicing and repair needs. We perform maintenance and repair service on all Japanese makes and models, including Nissan, Honda, and Toyota. Extended warranty work accepted. If you want to improve your gas mileage, bring your Japanese import in today. Our technicians will diagnose any issues and get you back on the road quickly.
Schedule A Service to Improve Gas Mileage
We are located at 344 E. Foothill Blvd, Suite D, Pomona, CA 91767. Stop by in person, call us at (909) 316-6166, or visit us online for an appointment.
We are open Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.