Fuel Saving Tips

Fuel Saving Tips

Fuel-Saving Tips—Squeeze More Out Of That Gas Tank

Whether gas prices are up or down, squeezing the best mileage possible from a tank of gas seems like a good idea. Saving money to fuel dreams rather than cars; Why not???  


Some of the ways to get the most out of that tank of gas include driving efficiently, consistent car maintenance practices, and planning trips efficiently. Let's talk about more tips to squeeze more out of that gas in the tank.

Tip #1: Driving Style


Driving “style” influences fuel consumption. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking) wastes gas. Drive sensibly and take note of the road's

speed limit—it will help you make the most out of your fuel consumption. Driving sensibly saves you around 7%-14% of fuel consumption. When driving on the freeway, use cruise control. Consistent speed also makes fuel usage efficient.


Tip #2: Reducing A/C Usage


Keep A/C usage to a minimum. A/C compressors put a lot of strain on your engine, and also cause higher fuel consumption. On the other hand, refrain from opening your windows when driving as open windows cause more drag, thereby causing more fuel consumption.  


Tip #3: Watch How Much You Carry


When planning for trips, it's our nasty habit to bring almost everything! A heavy vehicle eats up fuel. Every additional 100 Lbs weight, reduces your vehicle's MPG by 1%. Plan carefully and remove any unnecessary weight in your vehicle.


Tip #4: Trip Route Planning


Whether running errands or planning a road trip, planning the route that you will take towards your destination or destinations can make a big difference in fuel use. Be aware of traffic and possible congestion that may happen. Getting stuck in traffic causes idling, which also consumes unnecessary fuel. If you feel that you'll be idle longer than 30 seconds, turn off your engine to wait it out. Starting up a car consumes less fuel than idling, believe it or not.  


Additionally in planning trips, it's better to do multiple errands at one time, to keep your engine warm and use less fuel. Starting up from a cold engine consumes more firepower. Keeping your car moving for multiple errands during the same time can actually save more gas than starting it up with a cold engine.


Tip #5: Maintain Your Car


Of course, car maintenance is of utmost importance in keeping your car running well and efficiently. Keep your engine properly tuned at all times. Fixing a faulty oxygen sensor, for example, improves mileage by 40%. Inflate your tires to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires lower gas mileage by 0.2% for every 1 psi drop in pressure. The recommended grade of car oil also surprisingly conserves gas. One more added maintenance tip to improve fuel efficiency is to keep your air filters clean; this helps improve acceleration and performance.


Fuel-saving tips require some work on your part. At the end of the day, it pays to be a wise car-owner and driver. I like to think about what I’ll do with my saved fuel money.


For more gas saving tips, check out these earlier articles: Gas Saving Tips, Part 1 and Gas Saving Tips, Part 2

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