Gas prices have recently gone down significantly from where they were just a few short years ago. However, many of us still want to get as much as we can out of a gallon of gas. These tips to save more on gas can help you do just that. And the best part is, they don’t require you to do anything drastic to start saving.
Change the Air Filter to Save More Gas
A clogged air filter can have a big impact on your car’s fuel economy. Changing out a dirty air filter can improve your fuel economy by as much as 10%.
Remove Things You Don’t Need From Your Car
Have something heavy in your trunk or back seat that you’re just riding around. Your car will require less fuel to move if it’s lighter. One thing to keep in mind, is that lots of little things can add up in weight as well.
Don’t Drive So Hard
Starting from a stopped position is where many people burn excessive fuel. Take it a bit easier to get up to speed and you can end up saving some gas.
Use the Recommended Fuel for Your Vehicle
Some cars require premium fuel in order to operate properly. However, many people are under the assumption that higher octane fuel is cleaner, or better, than regular fuel. This simply isn’t true. Higher octane fuels have a different detonation which some cars require. If your car doesn’t require higher octane fuel then using it will only cost you money in fuel. It does not hurt the car however.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Your car’s tires are another area that can be huge in terms of fuel economy. Having under-inflated or over-inflated tires can not only be bad for fuel economy but it can also be dangerous! Check your tire pressure regularly to ensure they are properly inflated. You’ll find the recommended inflation in the owner’s manual or on a sticker near the driver’s side door.
Check Your Brakes
Have you ever been behind a car whose brake lights continually stay on even when they’re riding down the highway? If so, the person is likely ‘riding the brake’. This isn’t just bad for fuel economy but it can cause premature wear on your brakes as well. Keep your foot clear of the brake pedal when you’re driving.
Observe Your Sensors
Most modern cars have fuel economy displays on the instrument panel. This fuel economy is calculated while you’re driving and it’s usually pretty accurate. Observe how your actions in the car affect fuel economy and make changes to get better gas mileage. I typically try to change one thing each fill up to get a better understanding of how much it saves me.
I know gas prices have fallen lately but these tips can be used to save more gas in your car now and when it may go back up later. It’s best to get into the habit of saving fuel now so you won’t need to worry about it later.