We all want to save money on our fuel bill. However, sometimes it’s just not that simple. We have to drive our car for errands, work, and a million other things, and many times, carpooling, walking or public transportation just isn’t an option. These 5 things can help even the most driven car save on fuel, saving you money every time you stop at the pump.
Give Up Your Lead Foot
When you gun it as you take off from a standstill, a stoplight, for instance, your vehicle uses almost twice the fuel it would to accelerate normally with a steady build up to speed. This also happens when you speed down the highway. Some cars can use up to 13% more fuel when going 80 as opposed to 65.
Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need
Oftentimes, we put high octane unleaded in our vehicle because we have been told by one place or another that it’s better for our vehicle. However, if your operator’s guide doesn’t say you need high octane, you don’t. Only specific, high compression engines require higher octane fuel, so you may be spending money you don’t need.
Watch Your Tire Pressure
Your tires can have a massive effect on your gas mileage. When your tires are low, it creates rolling resistance and causes the vehicle to need more power. Keeping your tires properly inflated or switching to low rolling resistance tires could help you save on your fuel bill.
Lose the Weight
A heavy vehicle takes more power to move. Therefore, if your vehicle has a huge luggage rack on top or a ton of stuff in the back, it needs to use more power to go which costs you more money in fuel. To combat this, take bulky racks off of your vehicle when they aren’t in use. Also, empty your trunk or truck bed to keep heavy stuff from piling up and causing drag.
Keep It Up
Almost every system your car uses to function affects your gas mileage. That’s why it’s important to maintain your vehicle properly. Air filters, oil filters, spark plugs, and fuel injectors are all components of your vehicle that will greatly affect your car’s gas mileage. Keeping these parts in shape will help improve the efficiency and the gas mileage of any vehicle.
With gas prices higher than ever in some places, it’s important to save on fuel wherever possible. These simple changes to your vehicle and daily activities can help you save money every time you visit the pump. For more tips on how to save fuel, or to find out about our services, call Japanese Car Specialties, Inc at (949) 583-0811 today!