How To Increase Fuel Efficiency And Reduce Costs
This time of year, it seems like money is going out much more quickly than it’s coming in. Here are some ways to help you save some dough when it comes to your car.
1. Purchase Fuel Early Or Late In The Day – Gas is denser when it’s cooler, so you get more when you pump.
2. Don’t Speed – In addition to potentially costing you a speeding ticket, going 120 in a 100, uses 20% more fuel. Slow down, enjoy the scenery, and take more time getting to where you need to go. Frequent fluctuations in speed will also affect your fuel efficiency. Slow and steady will win the race here.
3. Use Cruise Control When Possible To Increase Your Fuel Efficiency – Cruise control allows you to maintain a steady speed, increasing your fuel efficiency up to 2%.
4. Avoid Unnecessary Idling – if you’re just waiting for someone in the store, or if you’re waiting for a passing train; turn the engine off. After 10 seconds of idling, you’ve used more fuel than if you had of just turned the engine off, to begin with.
5. Travel Light – Every 100 pounds of extra weight that you carry, will lower your fuel efficiency by up to 2%. Remove excess items from your vehicle when you are not using them. It’s a good idea to remove your roof racks when not in use as well.
6. Turn The AC Off – This is an easy task this time of year. However, in the summer, minimize AC use by rolling down your windows, or parking in the shade whenever possible.
7. Plan Your Trip – try to choose routes with the fewest stop signs, or traffic, and avoid travelling during rush hours, whenever possible. If you have several stops to make, map out your route beforehand, to avoid unnecessary backtracking.
8. Regular Maintenance – We all know the saying, an ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure. The same goes for your vehicle. Not only will proper maintenance save you on costly repairs in the future, but regular tune ups and oil and filter changes, will improve your vehicles fuel efficiency.
9. Check Your Fluids And Keep Them Topped Up – Just as we have vital fluids, so does your vehicle. Proper fluid levels will ensure optimal performance of moving parts and could save you a costly repair bill in the future.
10. Clean Your Air Filter – Your air filter keeps dirt and debris out of your engine. However, over time, it gets clogged, and doesn’t allow for efficient airflow. This affects your engines performance and decreases your fuel efficiency.
11. Check Your Tire Pressure – Under inflated tires cause more friction and decrease your vehicles fuel efficiency.