Getting Better Gas Mileage with a Few Simple Changes

In addition to being vigilant when it comes to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and oil changes, there are some basic habits and modifications that you can do every day to improve your gas mileage and reduce the amount of wear and tear on your car or truck.

Driving Habits

One of the easiest things that you can do to improve your gas mileage is to change a few of your driving habits.

  • Leave some Space – When driving in traffic leave a little additional space between you and the car in front of you. By doing so, you minimize the number of times that you need to slam on your breaks and then press the gas to start up again.

  • Fill-Up at Half-Way – Instead of waiting until your fuel light comes on, fill-up when you see your fuel gauge is between a quarter and a half full. Doing this prevents the sludge that accumulates in the bottom of the tank getting into your fuel lines and clogging injectors.
  • Cruise Control – Whenever possible use your cruise control when driving medium to long distances or where there are hilly areas. Since cruise control is monitored by your car’s computer it will regulate the amount of fuel that your vehicle needs to remain at a specific speed more efficiently than if you continually press and release the gas pedal.
  • Regularly Check your Tires – Improper tire pressure and worn down treads are another area that affects your overall gas mileage. When traction is not at optimum due to over or under-inflated tires, or worn out tread it causes the tires to spin in place which in turns causes you to press down harder on the gas pedal to make the vehicle move. By maintaining your tire pressure at the manufacturer suggested PSI and replacing worn out tires you improve your car’s ability to move more efficiently and improve your gas mileage.

  • Help your Car Breathe – By maintaining your car’s filtration such as air filters and fuel filters you allow your car to breathe enabling the combustion system to work more efficiently lowering the amount of fuel that it takes to drive down the road.

Get Organized

Planning your driving path to incorporate a strategic route when running errands so that you are not backtracking minimizes the number of miles you are actually driving. Choosing streets that have fewer stops caused by long signal lights, and stop signs also increases the number of miles that you get from a tank of gas.

When sitting in your car waiting for someone, such as picking the kids up from school, turn off your engine. Sitting letting your car run idle burns gas and negatively affects your overall gas mileage.

All of these suggestions may seem like they would minimally affect your gas mileage. However, by incorporating them into your daily life the improvement on your gas mileage and savings in your pocket will add up quicker than you might expect.