How to Improve Fuel Efficiency Without Buying a Brand New Car
With technology improving day after day, it’s easy to be envious of the fuel economy of brand new vehicles, but while it can be tempting to upgrade your vehicle for improved gas mileage, you’re going to be spending more than your saving if you keep buying new cars.
So as long as everything else is running swell with your vehicle, to keep those new car aspirations at bay we’ve got some tips to improve your miles per gallon.
Tips to Improve Your Fuel Economy
Maximizing your fuel consumption is one of the best ways to save money on the road, and there are quite a few ways to get that done. Some may seem more obvious than others, but we’re going to go over ways to make your engine more efficient.
Set your cruise control- Cruise control lets your vehicle throttle smoother, reducing unnecessary gas consumption. We recommend you set your cruise at 55 mph; while you can certainly go faster, and the benefits of cruise control still apply, a great deal of your gas is spent overcoming wind resistance. And that wind resistance scales up with the square of your speed. 55 mph is the sweet spot for gas consumption and driving efficiency.
Don’t idle- You know what they say about idle hands; the same thing applies to idle engines. The longer you sit parked with your engine on, the greater your fuel consumption. Vehicles don’t need to be warmed up anymore, so there’s no reason not to just drive off after you turn the key.
Use low octane gas- It’s a well-propagated myth that high octane gas is better for your car. Fact is, it’s just not true, and you’re often wasting the extra money it costs. What’s worse, though, is that it actually doesn’t combust as easily as the low octane stuff. That’s right, high octane gas is less efficient.
Keep your tank full- Money can get tight and it’s easy to let your fuel tank dip pretty low, but having less than a third of a tank makes your engine less efficient and can damage your fuel pump over the long run.
If you need more ideas on how to improve your fuel economy, get your oil changed (that helps too!) and chat with your mechanic about what you can do!
Keeping all these tips in mind will keep you from overspending at the pump, and remember to keep Honest Car Dealer in mind for all your auto advice needs!
September 29, 2012 by Jamie Rettig