Whether your car is old or new, follow these great tips to improve your gas mileage and reduce the amount of money you are paying at the pump:
Stay aerodynamic. The car is designed to be relatively aerodynamic. Any time you change the shape of the car, it becomes less aerodynamic and increases drag. This means having items in the back of the truck, a roof rack on your sedan, or even having your windows down. Unless you need to, keep the windows up and keep stuff off your car.
Keep your foot off the brake. Acceleration is one of the main ways to burn gas. If you can avoid stopping, you won’t have to accelerate again. If you see yourself coming into an intersection, brake slowly over a longer distance. This will give more time for the lights to change and hopefully you won’t have to come to a complete stop. Try to navigate through intersections so that you are always hitting the green lights. Similarly, if you are stuck in traffic, instead of accelerating and stopping every few car lengths, try to roll along slowly and avoid coming to a complete stop.
Replace parts. Especially after the car has seen some miles, there are easy parts you can have replaced to keep the engine burning gas cleanly and efficiently. Replace the air filter if you drive a lot or your car is older than 10 years. Make sure your tires aren’t worn, out of alignment or underinflated. Replace your spark plugs if they’re not relatively new. Finally, replace the mass airflow sensor. It’s what helps the computer regulate fuel injection and transmission shifting.
Keep it light. The heavier your car is, the harder the engine has to work to get the car in motion. Keep your vehicle as empty as possible at all times. If you feel comfortable with it, you can even take out your spare tire.
Remain calm. Rapid acceleration is an instant killer of your gas mileage. Don’t drive emotionally or aggressively. Never drive above 65 miles per hour, and drive under 45 whenever possible. This means staying to the right, and giving yourself plenty of time to accelerate to cruising speed.
Tires are key: Some manufacturers make tires designed to have a low resistance, which means the engine doesn’t have to work so hard to keep the tires rolling over the road. This simple change can improve your mileage by 1 percent. You can keep your tires slightly overinflated to improve your mileage, but it will reduce the lifespan of the tires.
Do you have any other tips for saving gas? Please share them in the comments!