How to Improve Your Fuel Economy
Improving fuel economy is always on the minds of car owners. While regular maintenance plays a role in improving gas mileage, it’s not always enough. Here we share some useful tips that will help your car get the most out of each tank.
Choose the Right Type of Fuel
Some car owners buy premium fuel (fuel a higher octane rating) thinking it will improve their engine’s performance. The truth is that premium fuel burns best under specific pressure (like in the engines found in luxury and sports cars), whereas regular engines do not apply that same pressure to the air-fuel mixture. The result is neither a boost in performance nor any improvement in fuel economy. You should always choose the type of fuel recommended by the car manufacturer. You can find this information in your car owner’s manual.
Unneeded items lying in the trunk and the cabin increase the overall weight of the car. This excess weight requires the engine to work harder and burn more fuel. Remove unwanted things from your car to reduce its weight and improve fuel economy.
Limit How Much You Run the AC
Running the air conditioning system increases fuel consumption. The AC compressor is coupled to the engine, causing the engine has to work harder when the AC is on. This extra load on the engine increases fuel consumption by approximately 20%. In fact, if you run the AC when the engine is idling, it can burn about a quarter gallon of gas every 15 minutes. Consider switching off the AC and rolling your windows down when it’s not too hot outside to improve fuel economy.
Reduce Aerodynamic Drag
Hauling bulky items on top of your car puts a dent in fuel efficiency. Cars have an aerodynamic design intended to reduce air resistance, and when you haul cargo on the roof, it increases aerodynamic drag, requiring the engine to work harder. If you aren’t using them, avoid driving with rooftop luggage carriers or any other accessories that increase drag.
Use the Right Motor Oil
Motor oils have different viscosities and your car owner’s manual will tell you what the recommended oil weight and viscosity are for your car. If you use thicker oil with a higher viscosity, it will not flow as easily while the engine is running, leading to a lower fuel economy. If you use thinner oil with a lower viscosity, it will not provide adequate protection for the engine. Always use the motor oil recommended by the car manufacturer to improve fuel economy and provide your optimal protection for your engine.
Don’t Buy Heavy Wheels
According to auto experts, using the original wheels on your car will result in better gas mileage. Many car owners upgrade their wheels without considering the weight they add to the car. The heavier the wheels, the harder the engine has to work to move the car, which impacts fuel efficiency. If you want to upgrade your car, consider purchasing alloy wheels. Alloy wheels are lightweight and durable, and will not increase fuel consumption.
Improving your car’s fuel economy not only reduces the amount of money you spend but also your car’s carbon emissions. Following these tips will also give you the satisfaction of helping both your wallet and the environment.