Top Tips to Get Better Gas Mileage
Driving your own car absolutely come with a lot of perks. But it
could also mean additional expense especially on gas. With the fuel
cost at constant increase, it is in your best interest as a motorist
to get better gas mileage. And here are some simple ways that
can help your cause.
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Easy On The Accelerator
The accelerator directly controls the amount of fuel that goes to
the engine. When you are accelerating that is when your vehicle
becomes least efficient. On the other hand, a light touch on the
accelerator equates to most efficient mpg.
The key is to get just the right amount of power to reach your
desired speed. Avoid hard and abrupt acceleration. Do not prolong
the acceleration either. But doing it slowly is just as bad. Stay
light on the accelerator to get better gas mileage.
Do Not Cruise At High Speeds
Cruising may be good when you are on the highway as it helps
maintain a constant speed. However, you should also avoid cruising
at high speeds because that is another hindrance to getting a better
gas mileage. Drive below the speed limit which is about 60 mph for
You may also consider minimizing the use of air conditioning and all
the other accessories that are powered by the engine. These things
force the engine to work much harder than it will otherwise. If you
are driving slowly, it would be smart to roll your windows down.
However, if you are driving at high speeds, windows down will work
against fuel economy.
Do not accelerate or stop abruptly.
At a cruising speed, it will be smart to go steady and smooth. Go
lightly on the accelerator and the brake unless of course it is
necessary like when you need to go on an emergency stop. Do not use
too much pressure on the pedal.
Know Your Route
Economize fuel consumption by simply planning your trips. Combine
your errands and plan the best or most efficient route possible.
This is not only gas efficient. Such practice also proves to be time
Pay attention to maintenance.
Something as simple as ensuring your tires have the right pressure
and cleaning the air filter regularly can help you increase fuel
economy. With an air filter that is full of dirt and residue, the
air that goes into the engine becomes restricted. This means the
vehicle will have a much harder time working.
Always refer to your vehicle manual for routine maintenance and tune
ups. This can be your way of maintaining the vehicle at its peak
performance. This also essentially means increasing fuel efficiency.
So, pay attention to these things before taking the car out and
while driving to get better gas mileage.
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