GREAT GAS MILEAGE TIPS
Making your Fuel Budget Go Farther
Do you like saving money? Yeah, we do too! In light of the current fuel crunch, it might be a good time to pull out some old notes on how to save money on gas plus reducing wear and tear on your car.
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I CANT DRIVE 55
okay sammy, slow down
Increasing your highway cruising speed from 55mph to 75mph can raise fuel consumption as much as 20%. You can improve your gas mileage 10 – 15% by driving at 55mph rather than 65mph. Natural Resources Canada puts the “sweet spot” for most cars, trucks, and SUVs even lower, between 30 mph and 50 mph.
LEAVE THE AGGRESSIVE DRIVING ON THE TRACK
this aint nascar
“Jack-rabbit” starts and hard braking can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40%. The proper way is to accelerate slowly and smoothly, then get into high gear as quickly as possible.
Hard braking also affects fuel efficiency. Instead of breaking to a hard stop, anticipate traffic flow as much as possible and coast to decelerate. In fuel-injection vehicles, removing your foot from the accelerator automatically stops the flow of fuel to the engine until the engine speed drops to idle. Coasting to decelerate also saves wear and tear on your brakes.
TAKE A LOAD OFF
keep it light
A full trunk adds weight to your vehicle that’s often unnecessary. Be sure to clear your trunk of items as soon as you’re finished using them. Remove any unnecessary weight from your vehicle. Heavy items can reduce your MPG by as much as 2%.
NO IDLE ZONE
cool your engines
Avoid excessive idling. Shut down. If you're waiting somewhere for a while, like at a train crossing for instance, turn off your engine. Sitting still gets 0 MPG.
KICK THE TIRES
keep em rolling
Keep tires properly inflated. Under-Inflated Tires Can Cause Fuel Consumption to Increase by as much as 6%. Check tire pressure at least once a month. Always check your owners manual to determine the proper tire pressure.
TURN ON, TUNE UP, ROCK OUT
what billy said
Keep your engine properly tuned. Keeping your filters, oil, sensors and spark plugs maintained can improve your mileage. A poorly tuned engine can use up to 50% more fuel.