If there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s that we all hate paying too much at the pump. With summer road trips looming on the horizon, the last thing you want to think about is how often you’ll be filling up. Luckily, we’ve rounded up some of the best tips for you on how to get better gas mileage. Check it out below:
Lose the Junk in Your Trunk
The more weight you have in your car, the more gas you’ll have to use to get you where you want to go. Take off those roof top carriers when you’re not using them, and take any heavy gear out of your trunk. It’s the easiest way to get more bang for your buck at the gas station!
Use the Right Gas
Before you fill up next time, double check your owner’s manual for what quality of gas you should be using. While in the past it might have always been smarter to use premium gas in any car, that isn’t always the case today. Unless your vehicle specifically needs the higher quality, the regular grade should be just fine to get you from point A to point B.
Watch Your Speed
Aside from the safety aspect, driving the speed limit has so many other benefits. The slower you drive, the more efficiently your vehicle uses gas. To get the most out of your gas mileage, head into the slow lane and take your time to get to your destination.
Set It to Cruise
While you’re driving you might not even notice subtle changes in your speed when you’re the one controlling the car. By turning on your cruise control you’re ensuring that there’s no variation in your speed, meaning your car doesn’t have to expend any extra energy to adjust for these changes. Plus, it’ll help you drive the speed limit if you’re known for having a lead foot!
Take the Highway
It’s common knowledge that highway miles per gallon are different than city miles per gallon. Highway driving is better for your car – and your wallet – because there’s less stop and go. When you’re on the highway you’re able to go a consistent speed with minimal slowing down and stopping. If you have the option, head to your destination on the highway and set your cruise control. Your bank account will thank you!
Don’t Fill Up All the Way
While this might sound counterintuitive, it actually makes a lot of sense. If your gas tank is completely full, that adds extra weight to your car, and makes you have to expend more energy getting up to speed. Try only filling up your tank ¾ of the way full, it might surprise you!
Chill Out On the Air
Unfortunately, using the air conditioner uses quite a bit of gas, and rolling down the windows can cause you to lose any aerodynamics that your car has. For many of us in the summer, not using the air conditioner isn’t really an option. Try to roll down the windows and blast the air conditioner while your car is stationary. It should help move the hot air out of the car, and you can drive somewhat comfortably for a while without needing to turn the air to blizzard.
Check Your Tire Pressure
If your tires aren’t properly inflated you’re definitely not driving at maximum efficiency. Experts recommend filling your tires to the maximum level indicated for the best gas mileage. Whenever there’s a noticeable change in the weather, check your tire pressure to make sure you’ve got the right amount for better gas mileage.
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