Tips for Improving Gas Mileage
Gas prices are at all-time high and this has raised fuel expenses for car owners. Although you cannot do anything to control gas prices, you can certainly do something to bring down your monthly fuel expenses. Here are some useful tips to improve your gas mileage.
Avoid Pushing the Accelerator Too Far
Driving at high speeds is exciting for many but few know that it increases fuel consumption. According to auto experts, driving in the speed range between 55 mph to 75 mph can increase fuel efficiency. In fact, driving at 55 mph instead of 65 mph or above can improve the gas mileage by 10%-15%. If you drive at higher speeds, the fuel consumption increases by 20%. Hence, you should avoid pushing the accelerator too far to improve your gas mileage.
Check Tire Pressure Regularly
Are you aware that even a 10 psi drop in pressure in your tires increases fuel consumption? Many car owners neglect the tire pressure and the result is increased fuel consumption. Sometimes it is hard to detect lower air pressure in tires by just a simple look and you need to get the air pressure checked at gas stations. The recommended air pressure in tires is 35 psi but it differs with the type of tire. Read the car’s manual to find the recommended air pressure and follow the instructions.
Car manufacturers across the world use different techniques to reduce overall car weight to increase fuel efficiency. But many times, several unwanted things lie in the trunk and you drive the car everyday carrying all that excess weight. The result is increased fuel consumption. It is a known fact that the increase in weight means that the car’s engine has to burn more fuel to move the car. Hence, always clear the trash and unwanted things from your car to reduce weight and improve gas mileage.
Check the Fuel Tank Seal
The rubber seal in the fuel tank cap is fitted for a purpose to prevent air/oxygen from leaking into the gas tank. After a certain period of time, the rubber seal in the fuel tank cap wears out which leads to air or water entering the fuel tank. When the engine pulls fuel in the combustion chamber, the air mixed with fuel also enters the combustion chamber which leads to an overabundance of air into the engine. The result is that the engine is not able to achieve the right proportion of air and fuel which leads to the underperformance of the engine and may also increase fuel consumption. Hence, you need to replace the fuel tank seal when you see signs of wear and tear.
Stick to the Recommended Fuel Type
The market is flooded with fuels featuring different octane ratings. You may have seen F1 racers recommending premium fuel with high octane ratings for your car. You should go by your car manufacturer fuel recommendations, as the manufacturer has done several tests to find the ideal fuel for your car’s engine to deliver optimal performance and fuel savings.