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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