Every car owner has worries about car mileage and increasing gas prices. In order to address these common concerns, we have compiled a few guidelines that can help you achieve better fuel efficiency and mileage. They are as follows;
1. Cars in poor running condition always consume more gasoline. Keep your car tuned and maintained.
2. Sometimes we choose longer distances over shorter ones. Try and plan your trips in ways so as to avoid needless and unnecessary driving.
3. People complain that mileage of their car worsens with air conditioner use. Use your air conditioner carefully. If you already have the option of lower settings, use them. Keep the AC on until the car gets cool, then turn it off and let the fan circulate the cool air. Always bear in mind, to not to run your air conditioner with your windows open!
4. It is a good idea to keep your windows closed when travelling at high speeds. It causes further drag and decreases gas mileage. At elevated speeds, an open window can cause more gas usage than an air conditioner.
5. Make sure to check your tire pressure. Over-inflated and under-inflated tires can reduce your fuel efficiency immensely.
6. If it is possible, change your work hours to avoid gridlock. Stop and go traffic inhibits your gas mileage.
7. Get unwanted items out of the car. You don`t have to hold snow chains around with you in the summertime. Simply make sure to keep them back in when winter comes in.
8. Avoid idling the car’s engine for long periods of time. If you are stuck in traffic and you think that you are not going anywhere in the next five minutes, you may want to switch your car off.
9. You should not take a lot of time warming your car up, particularly if the car is new. New cars are made to run when cold.
10. You no longer need to travel at fast speeds in low gears unless you need the compression to slow down.
11. Try your best to drive the speed limit.
12. Accelerate slowly when leaving the stop light. It’s not a competition with the other drivers in the lane. The fastest person through the intersection always gets to spend more on gas.
13. You don’t need to purchase the highest priced gasoline. Majority of cars are built to run on regular unleaded. You have to check your owner’s manual or consult a mechanic. Using expensive gas when you have cheaper alternatives is a waste of money.
14. Revving the engine without reason wastes gas. There is no need to rev before you switch your vehicle off.
15. If at all possible, try to arrange carpools with co-workers to share the cost of commuting to work.
16. Walk, cycle or run to your intended location whenever and wherever possible. You do not need to go everywhere by car.
17. And the last but not the least, the biggest and most important step towards saving money on gas is by always purchasing vehicles that have the excellent fuel economy. The difference between 20 miles-per-gallon and 40 miles-per-gallon is huge.