The good news is that gas prices are much lower than they were just a few short years ago, but that does not mean that you shouldn’t still be vigilant about how much your car is costing you.
There are ways that you can not only ensure that you aren’t unwittingly decreasing the gas mileage that your car gets, but also that you are enhancing its performance so that you are extending both the gas mileage and the longevity of your car. These are the best ways to increase your gas savings and have your car running as efficiently as possible.
Check your tires
It is super important to check your tires frequently. You will want to make sure that the tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and that the treads are still viable and in good condition. If you don’t have enough air pressure in the tire, then you are putting more wear and tear on your engine and tanking your fuel efficiency. Also, make sure to rotate the tires when indicated, so that your car isn’t out of line and dragging your gas mileage down.
Take things out if you don’t need them
It might sound silly, but all those little things that you carry around in your car can start to add up weight-wise. If you have things in your trunk that you don’t need or continually cart around things that you don’t have to, you are increasing your gas mileage. The less weight the car has, the less gas it will take to run it.
Your driving behaviors have a lot to do with your car’s gas consumption. If you are someone who accelerates quickly and then slams on the brakes, slow it down, and be more contentious. Not only is driving reasonably good for your gas mileage, it is also safer than being a super aggressive driver.
Get your oil changed
Yes, oil changes are very important to your gas mileage. Oil is what reduces the amount of friction in the engine. The more friction, the more gas your car will require. Regular oil changes not only cuts down on engine friction, but it also helps to clean out the coagulated oil that can really be costing you gas-wise.
Change your filters
When filters become clogged with dirt and debris, they don’t work as efficiently, which puts more strain on your engine. That can cause your car to burn more gas. Make sure to have regular maintenance on your car to evaluate if your filters need to be changed to keep it running efficiently.
Don’t forget you have windows
Air conditioning is excellent when the weather outside is not so pleasant. But, often people keep their windows shut up tight even when the weather is nice. Instead of running the air conditioning, considering opening up the windows and airing your car out. Not only is it more healthy for you, but it will also decrease your fuel costs.
Go the speed limit
It is sometimes difficult to obey the speeding limits, especially when you are in a hurry. But, following the rules of the road are not only integral to staying out of trouble with the law, it is imperative to save the gas mileage of your car. Excessive speeding might get you there slightly quicker, but at a higher cost. You can risk either getting a ticket, being in an accident, and spending more in gas costs for the ten minutes that you might save by going faster.
To make sure that your car is using the least amount of gas possible, take steps to increase its energy efficiency by getting your regularly scheduled maintenance at Ridetime to check filters and fluids and to ensure that you aren’t unwittingly tanking your gas mileage by not keeping it properly maintained.