With the increasing fuel prices, it has become very much vital to think of ways to improve the mileage achieved by the vehicle.
Here are five tips on saving gas mileage. Many of these tips individually will provide you a little increase in mileage ratings, but when all of them are implemented together, there will be a drastic increase in gas mileage.
Accelerate with Care
Quick starts are obvious fuel wasters; however, that does not mean that you have to creep slowly from each light. If your vehicle has an auto transmission, accelerate modestly so that the transmission can move up to the higher gears. The manual shifters should shift soon to keep down the revs, but don’t drag the engine; if you want to accelerate, shift down, and that’ll help you save on mileage. Keep a watch down the road for possible slowdowns. Accelerating to high speeds and then immediately braking down implies wasted fuel, so drive sensibly and get better mileage.
Get the Air Filter Checked
A filthy air filter will limits the air flow into the power-train, which inturn will harm the economy and performance. Air filters can be easily inspected and changed. Just detach the filter and hold it up in light. If light does not pass through it, you will need to insert a new one. You can consider a filter like K&N or any other similar permanent filter, which can be cleaned instead of replacing a new one.
It can usually give a mileage boost of about 2-3%.
Check the Tire Pressure
One of the most common causes of less fuel mileage is tires that are not inflated adequately. Tires lose temperature (around 1 psi per 10 degree fall) and time (around 1 psi in a month). Since under-inflated tires provide more resistance to rolling, you will have to burn more fuel to keep the vehicle moving. Check the tire pressure at least once a month by using a reliable tire gauge.
Keeping the tires inflated to optimal levels will certainly give you an additional 1-2% increase in gas mileage, in comparison to poorly inflated tires.
Avoid Storing Unnecessary Weight
Avoid keeping things that are not necessary in the car, particularly the heavier ones. If you have an additional 100 pounds on board, it could decrease the gas mileage of almost 2%. This reduction depends on the percentage of additional weight relative to the weight of the vehicle and this has a greater impact on the smaller cars than the bigger ones.
So, get rid of the junk lying in the boot of your car right away!
Avoid Extreme Idling
Idling can consume almost close to half a gallon of the fuel in an hour based on the usage of air conditioner (AC) and engine size. Switch off the engine when the car is parked for quite some time. However, switching off and on your engine too much may raise starter wear.
If you are looking forward to buying a new car, and good fuel efficiency is high on your priority list, it would be better to opt for the smaller cars than the bigger ones as these are more fuel efficient.
Follow these tips in your daily driving routine and you can see a great change in the gas mileage ratings of your car. All these are simple tips that you need to be aware of, but they can bring about a great change in the overall fuel economy figures; so give them a try and feel the difference over the next few days.
Adam is a hardcore automotive enthusiast who loves to review the latest cars in the market, and owns a fleet of them in his collection as well. The latest one to win his hear over was the Toyota Prius, and he had recently reviewed it on his blog.