Fuel efficiency is one of the most important factors customers look at when they purchase a vehicle. A good fuel economy typically means less frequent fill ups and getting more out of a tank of gas. And not only is increasing your vehicle’s fuel efficiency important because it can save you money at the pump but it can also help reduce your carbon footprint. Some tips for boosting your fuel efficiency can be as easy as making sure your tires are inflated correctly or changing your air filter.
Try out some of these tips and see if you notice any changes in the frequency of your fill-ups.
Change your air filter. A dirty air filter can reduce your gas mileage by up to 20%. It is recommended that you change your air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles.
Check your tire inflation. Underinflated are not only hazardous but they can also effect your fuel economy by as much as 25%.
Change your travel time. Schedule your trips and errands for times when traffic is lighter. This reduces the amount of time you spend sitting idle in traffic burning gas and increases the amount of time you are actively driving.
Purchase gas during the coolest time of the day. During the coolest times gasoline is densest in nature. Gas pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel concentration. Ideal times to fill up are in the morning and late afternoon.
Don’t overfill your tank. Overfilling your gas tank can lead to gas wastage and that means money wastage.
Tighten your fuel tank cap. Improperly sealed gas caps allow 147 million gallons of fuel to evaporate every year in the U.S. Make sure your fuel tank cap is securely tightened after each fill up.
Drive at a moderate speed. You can assume that for every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph, your paying an additional 0.20 cents per gallon in gas.
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