How to Get 20-30% Better Gas Mileage
Let’s start with a trick question: Would you like to spend less on gasoline than you do now? Sure you would, we can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t! That being the case, did you know that there are a number of things that you can do to your car and to your driving habits that can give you a major increase in gas mileage? Take a look at this ten point list below. Incorporate these tips into your automotive life and you could easily cut your monthly gasoline bill by 20% or more, and with little effort too.
1) Slow down – For every 5 mph you reduce highway speed, you can reduce fuel consumption by 7%. That’s right 7%! This is especially true for vehicles that have large, frontal surfaces such as vans and trucks. Most people don’t realize this.
2) Check your air filter – Studies have found that nearly one in every four cars on the road needs an air filter replacement. Dirty air filters prevent air from flowing freely into an engine and can reduce a cars gas mileage by up to 10%.
3) Keep your car tuned up – When was your last tune up? A properly maintained engine tuned to the manufacturer’s specifications can improve mileage by up to 8%.
4) Check your tire alignment – Poor alignment not only causes tires to wear out more quickly, but also forces your engine to work harder. Align your car’s tires and save up to 10% in gas mileage.
5) Tighten your gas cap – Believe it or not, a loose gas cap can cost you money due to evaporation of gasoline from your tank. According to one report, this could rob you of 30 gallons of gas a year!
6) Keep your tires inflated – This is a major one. More than one-quarter of vehicles are driving on deflated tires. The average under-inflation of 7.5 pounds causes a loss of 5% in fuel efficiency.
7) Drive smoothly – This is an easy one. Avoid jack-rabbit starts and you will improve your fuel economy. In particular, feathering the gas pedal when you leave stop signs and lights can save you up to 10% in mileage.
8) Don’t idle – Besides causing air pollution, idling wastes gas. If stopped for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine, and, unless it is very cold out, don’t bother to “warm up” your car before driving.
9) Use the lowest octane gas – Don’t use a higher octane gas than what your car requires. Higher octane gas is only required for higher compression engines. For most cars it simply isn’t necessary. Check your owner’s manual for the grade of gas that you should be using and stick with that.
10) Combine errands into one trip – It’s simply amazing how few drivers do this. It is possible to save a great deal of money by simply combining errands into a small number of trips. Try it and reap the savings!
Source: Metro Kia Atlanta