Tips for Improving Gas Mileage

Tips for Improving Gas Mileage

As a driver, your driving habits have a significant effect on fuel consumption. By following these tips, you can improve your gas mileage and get more out of a gallon of gas.

Drive Within Speed Limits

The most fuel-efficient speed range is between 50 to 60 mph. Did you know that increasing the speed to 75 mph leads to the engine burning 20% more fuel? According to auto experts, driving the car at speeds of 55 mph will lead to more fuel savings than driving at 65 mph.

Don’t Rest Your Foot on the Brake Pedal While Driving

According to auto experts, it is a bad driving habit that increases fuel consumption unnecessarily. Even the slightest pressure on the brake pedal increases the mechanical drag over the car’s components. The result is that the car’s engine has to burn more fuel to overcome this unwanted mechanical drag.

Drive at Steady Speeds

Speeding and slowing down wastes fuel. Hence, you need to cruise at steady speeds to improve your gas mileage. Whenever possible, drive the car in the highest gear while maintaining speed. Modern cars come equipped with a cruise control feature that helps maintain steady speeds and also advises on gear shifts at right time.

Follow Manufacturer Recommended Fuel Types and Motor Oil

Your car and engine have been through several tests by the manufacturer to determine the right fuel type and motor oil. Fuels with a high octane rating work well with high-performance engines. The majority of cars on the road have regular engines that are tuned for a combination of performance and fuel efficiency. Fuel with higher octane needs faster spark plugs and most engines are not capable of drawing the benefits of higher octane fuels. The compression ratio of the engine determines the type of fuel and octane rating ideal for your engine. The car’s manual lists specifications about the right octane rating fuel for your engine and you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendation diligently.

Similarly, motor oils have varied weight and viscosity. If you use heavier motor oil, it will create more friction in the engine components and the engine will have to burn more fuel to overcome the friction. The result is a decrease in gas mileage.

Manage Engine Idling

An idling engine continues to use fuel even when the car is not moving. A 3.0-liter engine is likely to consume around two liters of fuel in an idling state. You don’t need to be a car expert to realize that engine idling is a waste of fuel that can be easily controlled. Today’s cars can start within seconds. So the next time you are waiting for the signal to turn green, turn off the engine and start it when you need to move ahead.

Preserve Aerodynamic Characteristics

Your car has several design characteristics that are specifically done to improve the aerodynamic performance of the car. However, when you install accessories like roof racks, you are actually degrading the aerodynamic performance of the car. Roof racks increase wind resistance that leads to increased fuel consumption. If you are falling short of luggage space, you can install removable roof racks that can be removed when not needed.