How to get better mileage out of your car

The average cost per gallon in the U.S. as of today is $2.751 for regular petroleum, $2.984 for mid-grade, and $3.182 for premium. There are many drivers who are choosing the cheapest option when filling up at the gas station and although that may seem like the most cost effective option, you may be paying more in the long run. Instead of choosing the cheapest gasoline option to cut down on cost, changing how you drive can play a factor in the gas mileage of your car.

In terms of fuel economy, there are strategic actions that the driver can do to make sure that they are being smart about their car’s gas consumption and gas mileage. With some additional planning before the next fill up, you can start saving more money and use less gasoline for every trip that you take.

Before Traveling:

  • Purchase your gas at the coolest time of day. Gasoline is the densest at this time, so you’ll get more out of the volume.
  • Use the manufacturer’s recommended motor oil to increase your gas mileage up to 2%.
  • After starting your car, do not wait more than 45 seconds before actually driving.
  • Regular tune-ups can save the up to 4%
  • Replacing a dirty air filter can save the driver up to 10%
  • Make sure that tires are pressured to the maximum limit by the manufacturer.
  • Remove any additional weight inside of the car.
  • Know the estimated cost of fuel for your trip.

While Driving:

  • Try not to stop and start your engine multiple times, leaving a car idle for 1 minute then driving uses the same amount of gas as starting your engine.
  • The faster you are driving, the more gas you consume. Traveling at 55 mpg can save the driver up to 21% more than driving 5-10 miles over the limit.
  • When driving over a hill or incline, accelerate before you reach the hill to not waste any extra gas.
  • Avoid driving on rougher roads, it can decrease gas mileage by 30%.
  • Traveling at the speed limit will increase your chances of making green lights, which means stopping fewer times.
  • Use cruise control for highway traveling.
  • Cool down automatic transmission by placing the car into neutral at long traffic lights or traffic standstills.
  • Avoid reverse driving maneuvers
  • Keep windows closed during high-speed traveling. Open windows will use 10% more gasoline which will be the same as using the air conditioning.
  • Slowing your acceleration from 0-60 miles to 15 seconds can save up to 30% on gas mileage.


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A Short History of Auto Glass

In the early days of the automobile, the windshield was considered a luxury item by most car manufacturers and drivers. A windshield was commonly considered an add-on feature that would increase the cost of the automobile. And it was typically little more than a sheet of glass that was divided horizontally so that the driver could fold the glass down when it got too dirty.

The windshield was later more seriously incorporated  into the automobile in the early 20th Century, in the years following the invention of shatter resistant glass by French chemist, Edouard Benedictus. In a fortunate accident in 1904, Benedictus dropped a glass flask filled with dried collodium film. While the flask cracked, it did not completely shatter. His invention would provide the foundation for later developments in auto glass technology, and would later be used for windshield glass by the 1920’s.

By 1915, Oldsmobile was including windshields as a standard feature in all of their vehicles. Additionally, Henry Ford began to recognize the importance of stronger and safer windshield glass. Ford would make it mandatory to put laminated glass in all the vehicles coming off his lines by 1919. In the 1930’s, tempered glass began to replace the glass Benedictus pioneered. Made in a process of repeated heating and cooling, tempered glass was surprisingly strong yet thin. Its ability to break down in accidents made it safer for drivers, reducing the chance of broken glass flying into the face of the driver.

In the 1960’s, it became clear that automobiles needed guidelines and safety standards, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was formed in 1970. The NHTSA now sets the standards of safety for auto glass and windshields, dictating the strength and clarity required for automobiles on the road.


Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.