Purchasing a vehicle is a costly expenditure, between the down payment, financing, vehicle maintenance and insurance, so, saving money is a major priority for most drivers. If you drive a vehicle that isn’t necessarily the most forgiving in fuel economy, it is important to conserve as much gasoline so that you can prevent consistent fill-ups and save some money. Here are a few simple ways that you can increase the mileage of your vehicle.
Go Easy on Your Gas Pedal
It can be tempting to lay on the gas pedal, especially when you see a long stretch of road ahead of you. However, the more forceful you are on your gas pedal, the harder your engine needs to work to accommodate the speed you want to go; the higher the RPM, the more gas you will be burning. Brakes can also influence your gas mileage; sudden braking at high speed requires generated power which will undoubtedly burn more fuel than saving it.
Ensure Your Tires Are Inflated
One of the more overlooked components of driving a vehicle is not ensuring that your vehicle’s tire pressure is regulated. For many drivers, if there is no noticeable loss of air, they will continue to drive on deflated tires which is detrimental to your fuel economy. When your tires lack enough air pressure, your vehicle struggles to gain momentum while in motion. Even if your tires boast an adequate air supply, they may need to be upgraded if the treads are worn out
Replace Your Dirty/ Worn Out Air Filter
When you bring your vehicle into a mechanic or an oil change specialty shop, they will often show you the current condition of your air filter and offer you a replacement filter. While it may not appear that your filter is in terrible condition, rips and blockage can prevent your engine from drawing enough air from the outside. When dirt and other forms of debris clog your air filter, your engine will need to work overtime to draw in fresh air which will increase how much fuel your vehicle consumes. Ensure that you replace your air filter if there is noticeable dust or dirt, or if there are any rips or tears, covering the filter.
Use Cruise Control When Possible
When the roadways are wet (i.e. covered with snow, ice, or rain), you should never under any circumstances utilize your cruise control system. However, on sunny days, when the roadways are dry, you should use cruise control to stabilize the RPM’s on their engine. Primarily used for highway driving, cruise control will prevent you from tapping your brakes and readjusting your speed, which tends to use more fuel than consistent cruising would.
Maximizing your fuel consumption is the key to saving money and getting the highest performance from your vehicle. Ensure that you are not over-exerting pressure on your gas pedal, inflate your tires to the appropriate pressure, replace your engine air filters when they are dirty or worn out, and utilize your cruise control to optimize your fuel economy.