7 Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Gas Mileage
If you search online for ways to improve the gas mileage that you’re getting when you drive, you will find some pretty impractical ideas. One piece of advice says that you should remove your outside mirrors to reduce drag. Another recommends that you turn off your car’s engine at every red light, and then fire it up again when the light turns green.
As we said, crazy ideas. But not all the ways to improve gas mileage are crazy or impractical. Here are some you can start using today that can really increase the number of miles your car will travel for every gallon of gas you burn.
Gas Saver Tip One: Make Sure the Tires that Drive Your Car Are Fully Inflated
You will probably find recommended tire pressures posted on a sticker inside one of your car’s doors. Or look for recommended pressures in your owner’s manual.
Fully inflated tires improve gas mileage because they are slightly larger in diameter than underinflated tires are. To put it another way, if your drive tires are 25% underinflated, their effective diameter can be reduced by one or two percent, which means that they must turn around more times for every mile your vehicle travels. If you drive several thousand miles, fully-inflated tires can save you a few gallons. And then there is the fact that fully inflated tires last longer than underinflated ones.
You should make sure that all your tires are properly inflated, but this advice applies most importantly to the tires that drive your car. (Front tires if your car is front wheel drive, rear tires if your car is rear wheel drive, and all tires if your car is full-time four-wheel drive.) Because those tires move your car, they are the tires that do the most to determine your gas mileage.
And avoid crazy advice about tires, like installing tires that are a lot bigger than the ones your car’s manufacturer recommends. Doing that will affect the ride quality of your car and could even pose safety problems. And no matter what anybody says, do not OVERINFLATE your tires to improve gas mileage, unless you want your tires to wear out too soon.
Gas Saver Tip Two: Don’t Drive Around with Stupid Stuff You Don’t Need
Sure, it’s easier to leave that rooftop cargo box on your car all year round – until your next family vacation. But extra devices – even smaller removable roof racks – add to your car’s coefficient of drag. Over the course of driving for a year, you’ll be paying extra dollars.
And if your trunk or cargo bay is packed with heavy stuff you never use, move it out of your car and store it somewhere else. You’re paying at the pump for every pound of junk that you drive everywhere with you.
Gas Saver Tip Three: Use Cruise Control on Highway Trips
Cruise control holds your car at an even speed, which consumes less gas than driving without it. Why? Because when you drive without cruise control, you constantly vary the speed of your vehicle without realizing it. Every time you slow down and speed up again – even a little bit – costs you gas and money.
Gas Saver Tip Four: Easy Does It!
There are times when you must hit the gas pedal to merge into traffic on the highway. But if you re-educate yourself, you will find that there are many times when you can accelerate to highway speed in a more leisurely way. If you accelerate to 65 MPH in 30 second instead of 10, you will see an improvement in your overall gas mileage.
Gas Saver Tip Five: If Your Current MPG Is Displayed on Your Dashboard, Pay Attention
Not all cars have those nifty gauges that tell you the exact miles per gallon that you are getting while you are on the road. But if your vehicle has one, keep an eye on it while you are driving. You’ll quickly discover that your car burns virtually no gas when it is going downhill . . . so take your foot off the gas. You’ll also discover that you’re getting only a few miles per gallon while you accelerate when going uphill . . . so why do that? Let your gauge teach you to save gas.
Gas Saver Tip Six: Ask Your Mechanic or Dealer to Service Your Induction and Fuel Systems
A brand new, factory-fresh car gets better gas mileage because its fuel injection system is new and free of gunk, and because its air cleaner elements are new and unclogged. But sooner than you realize, that changes. So be sure that your service technician or dealership checks your injectors at regular intervals, and that new air filters are part of scheduled maintenance.
If you drive an older car with a carburetor, it’s easy to pull off the air cleaner and visually inspect your carburetor to make sure it is clean and free of build-up and varnish. And it is equally easy to install new air cleaner elements – they only cost a few bucks at an auto parts store.
Gas Saver Tip Seven: Install the EzFill Gas App and Use Only Top-Tier Gas in Your Car
Using off-brand gas is an invitation to clog your fuel-injection system or carb, or other key engine components that can impair gas mileage. But using EzFill as your gas provider is an easy way to make sure that your car is fed nothing but clean, gunk-free, refinery-fresh gasoline.
In the long run, you’ll go further on every gallon of top-quality gas if you use EzPass. Just install the EzFill gas app on your phone and relax.