Going the Extra Mile for Savings
Everyone loves saving money. You look for promo codes before placing an order online, you shop the sales at your favorite stores and you comparison shop to make sure you are getting the best deal. Did you know that you can save money every time you drive your car?
Whether you drive a car, truck or SUV, your driving habits have a direct effect on your gas mileage. Be sure to check out these tips to reduce fuel usage. Up your gas-saving game by employing the following tips and you may find yourself making fewer trips to the gas station. Small changes you make today can pay big dividends tomorrow -- a win for your wallet and the environment!
Tips for Maximizing Gas Mileage
Maintain your vehicle
Keeping up on routine maintenance is the best way to maintain your engine’s efficiency. Be sure to get regular oil changes and to change filters and fluids when needed to ensure that your vehicle can achieve the best gas mileage possible.
If you are going to be stopped for more than a minute, consider shutting off the engine to conserve fuel. Of course, only do this when it is safe and you’re not putting yourself at risk. When possible, avoid drive-thru windows to cut down on excessive idling.
Put more distance between your car and the vehicles around you. By doing this, you can see further ahead to anticipate traffic flow and avoid sudden braking.
Use cruise control
Setting your cruise control at the posted speed limit is a good habit to cultivate. You’ll maintain a steady speed and avoid spikes in speed that can increase fuel consumption. An added benefit is that you won’t be tempted to go over the speed limit and attract the attention of police.
Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going, even if it means waking up a few minutes early. You won’t be rushed and feel the need to speed, tailgate or engage in other driving habits that aren’t conducive to saving gas.
Pick a lane
When driving on a multi-lane highway, choose the lane that is less congested. It could mean fewer slowdowns, stops and braking – all factors that can help you maximize fuel efficiency.
Say NO to left turns
UPS drivers avoid left turns and so should you. The delivery giant has found that the strategy not only cuts time waiting in traffic which reduces fuel usage, but it also can reduce the chances of being involved in an accident.
Tighten the gas cap
If your vehicle has a gas cap, be sure that it’s on tight after that next fill up. A loose gas cap can reduce your fuel efficiency due to evaporation. The gas vapor can escape into the atmosphere rather than being used by your vehicle.
Don’t overpay for gas
If your car doesn’t call for high-octane gasoline, don’t waste money on the higher grade fuel. You may think you’ll get better performance and gas mileage with more expensive gas, but that rarely is the case. Use the fuel recommended in your owner’s manual.
Unless you need to clear your windshield of snow and ice, don’t warm-up your car before taking off. Today’s vehicles don’t need to be warmed up; your engine will warm up quickly while you’re driving. Running your vehicle before driving off wastes gas and can also cause engine wear.
The content contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be used in lieu of seeking professional advice from a certified technician or mechanic. We encourage you to consult with a certified technician or mechanic if you have specific questions or concerns relating to any of the topics covered herein.