Gas Saving Tips
Are you getting your ideal gas mileage?
Whether fuel prices are rising or falling it’s always important to make sure you’re getting the best possible gas mileage. By following these rules and receiving regular service you can make sure you’re getting the gas mileage you desire and saving money all year long.
Change Oil Regularly: A well-lubricated engine is essential for getting good gas mileage and will increase the life of the engine. Changing the oil 2000 past its service interval will decrease engine life by 10,000 miles/year. Changing the oil 3500 miles past service interval will decrease life by 20,000 miles/year.
Clean Air Filter: Replace dirty air filters. This is especially important for older vehicles.
Regular Fuel Service Cleaning and Tune Ups: Regular service to clean and improve fuel flow along with regularly changing your spark plugs can greatly improve mileage.
BG Fuel Saver: This product is used by the Nevada State Highway patrol and should increase gas mileage by approximately 2 mpg.
Check Tire Pressure Monthly: A tire will typically lose 1 psi of pressure/month. Under inflated tires require more energy to turn and will decrease mileage dramatically.
Avoid Bling: New tires and wheels may look good, but if they are wider than stock they will increase rolling resistance and decrease fuel economy.
Accelerate with Care: Hard accelerations require more fuel.
Avoid Long Warm Up: Prolonged warming of the engine is not necessary for today’s cars. Thirty to forty five seconds is enough.
Turn off Engine for Prolonged Stops: If you will be stopped for 4 minutes or longer, turn off the engine.
Choose Top Tier Gasolines: Car manufactures typically recommend top tier gasoline. Off brands typically have higher ethanol content that decreases mileage.
Keep Windows Closed at Highway Speeds: Open windows cause air drag, reducing you mileage by up to 10%.
Drive Steadily: Slowing down and speeding up frequently wastes fuel.
Think Ahead: When approaching hills, accelerate before the hill, not while you are on it.
Drive with One Foot: If you rest your left foot on the brake you will wear out your brakes quicker and create mechanical drag on the vehicle.
Remove Unecessary Weight: Do not carry weighty items in your car unless you need them.