How to Get Better Fuel Economy From Your Old Car

How to Get Better Fuel Economy From Your Old Car

Gas prices have skyrocketed again. Ugh!  There are a few things you can do to make your money – and your car – go as far as possible, so, we would like to share these five tips for saving on gas.

  1. Take it Easy — Driving aggressively, rapid/hard starts and stops, and even speeding, all eat up expensive gasoline. According to government quoted statistics, driving like this can lower your vehicle’s gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% in town.
  2. Watch Your Speed — Besides being unsafe, speeding is a major cause of fuel usage. Beyond the impact mentioned in the statistic above, every 5 MPH you travel over 60 MPH is costing you an extra $0.24 per gallon of gas. Basically, you’re using more gas than you need to travel each mile.
  3. Don’t Overload — When you’re packing for a trip, don’t bring anything you don’t need for the trip or for safety along the way. Extra weight means extra work for your vehicle, and it will use more fuel to move the extra pounds. In fact, on average every 100 pounds of extra weight reduces your mileage by roughly 2%. So, if you don’t need it, take it out.
  4. Turn It Off When Not Moving — It might seem obvious, but if your car is idling and not moving, it’s using gas and yet not going anywhere. This translates to ZERO miles per gallon. Consider shutting your car off if you’re going to be sitting for awhile.
  5. Have a Pre-Trip Inspection — Before you hit the road, one of the best ways to make sure you are getting the most out of that expensive gas you are buying is to make sure your vehicle is running right. This means all the filters are clean, the oil and other fluids are in good condition, the tires are inflated properly and all major systems and components are working as they should.

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