How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

Fluctuating gas prices makes owning a car costlier over time. While modern cars are fuel efficient, you as the driver can play an important role in improving your fuel economy. Here are some things you can do to maximize your gas mileage.

Use Right Type of Fuel

Gasoline has different octane ratings, with premium fuel having the highest rating. Check your car owner’s manual to find the recommended type of fuel for your car (most likely it will have a low octane rating). Using premium fuel in a regular car does not boost the performance of your engine, nor does it improve fuel economy. In fact, it reduces fuel economy. High-octane fuel burns hotter and is made specifically for high-compression engines like those found in sports and luxury cars. Using premium gas in a regular car engine will lead to incomplete burning of fuel. Stick to your car manufacturer’s recommended fuel type.

Coast to Stop Instead of Riding the Brakes

Coasting allows your vehicle to move ahead without the engine pushing it. Try coasting when you see the light turning yellow. Instead of braking suddenly, try taking your foot off the accelerator and letting the vehicle slow down on its own. Follow this tip when you’re approaching stop signs, railway crossings, or a curve in the road. Use coasting intelligently to improve fuel economy.

Remove Rooftop Accessories

A roof luggage carrier is a great way to haul extra cargo, but it affects the aerodynamic characteristics of the car. The result is increased wind resistance, making the engine work harder and use more fuel. When you aren’t carrying cargo, remove rooftop accessories to improve your fuel economy.

Remove Unnecessary Items from Your Car

People have a habit of keeping unneeded things in their car and forgetting about them. This can add extra weight to your car and cause your engine to burn more fuel. Clean out your car to reduce its overall weight and boost your gas mileage.

Be Wise When Upgrading Your Wheels

Upgraded wheels might make your car look better, but they can affect your fuel economy. To ensure this does not happen, be smart about buying new wheels. For example, installing bigger rims will require wider tires than the OEM wheels. Wide tires increase rolling resistance which causes the engine to work harder. Also, bigger or heavier wheels will increase your vehicle’s overall weight. Higher rolling resistance and an increase in weight both lead to higher fuel consumption. Avoid big, heavy wheels, and opt for something lightweight instead.

Improving your fuel economy is easy and not only leads to savings, but it is also good for the environment. Follow the tips above and both your wallet and the world around you will benefit.