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11 Fuel Saving Tips to Keep You on the Road

August 22, 2018

Just like the temperatures rise during the summer, fuel prices rise and fluctuate as well. Below are 11 tips to get the most out of your car during the summer and the rest of the year.

  • Keep your vehicle serviced regularly.
  • Dirty air filters, old spark plugs, or low fluid levels can lead to poor fuel economy.
  • Use cruise control on interstates and highways. Using your cruise helps keep your speed constant and your miles per gallon low.
  • Keep your tires inflated properly. Fuel consumption is increased by 1% for every 2 PSI your tire is under-inflated. Always check your tire manufacturer’s recommendations and read your owner’s manual.
  • Avoid braking and accelerating too hard. You could increase your overall fuel economy by 20% if you use slow acceleration and braking by anticipating the traffic in front of you.
  • Keep your windows up. If you keep your windows down at highway speeds, the wind pressure can increase drag and causes you to increase by fuel economy up to 10%.
  • Avoid high speeds. Driving 62 mph vs 75 mph will reduce your fuel economy by 15%. Aerodynamics have a huge impact on your overall fuel consumption and going faster does not help.
  • Don’t blast your A/C on max. It may be hot, but placing your A/C on the max setting puts extra load on the engine and requires more fuel to be used. Make sure all vents in the car are pointing at you or other passengers to help cool you down faster.
  • Keep your car clean. Weight and fuel consumption are directly related. By keeping only essential items in your car and removing unnecessary items can increase your fuel economy.
  • Turn your car off at long idles. If you know you will be stopped for more than 1 minute, turn your car off. Restarting the car will use less gas than if you had kept your engine idling.
  • Consider purchasing a hybrid vehicle. Depending on how much you drive and the type of driving you do, a hybrid might be a great choice for you. They are known for their high fuel efficiency.
*Information obtained from https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/drive.shtml

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