Improving Your Gas Mileage
With today’s high gas prices it pays to have your car optimized for the highest performance. It’s worth taking a few minutes out of your day to make a few minor modifications that will improve your gas mileage. And it’s worth it in your budget to consult with the trained professionals at the Good News Garage in Salmon Idaho to help you get the most from your vehicle.
Along with good maintenance and regular tuneups, knowing how to drive to decrease wind resistance and minimize braking and acceleration can dramatically help increase your gas mileage. These tips brought to you by the Good News Garage: a trusted Salmon Idaho mechanic.
Practice these Good Vehicle Maintenance Tips:
- Keep all your tires inflated correctly and check them frequently.
- Keep your front suspension and steering in proper alignment. Even the slightest wobble in your suspension or steering could have dramatic effects on your gas mileage.
- Use the proper oil: if you use the thinnest viscosity oil recommended by your car’s manufacturer you will increase that gas mileage.
- Get your checkups! Keeping your engine in proper mechanical condition saves money in the long run.
- Keep those air and fuel filters clean, and make sure your engine is constantly in tune.
- Check your brakes regularly and make sure they are not dragging.
- Repair any body damage as quickly as possible. Slight changes to the outside of your vehicle will increase wind resistance.
- Use regular fuel… only use premium if recommended by your auto manufacturer.
Driving tips to increase gas mileage:
- Don’t warm your car up forever. Most modern engines do not require it.
- Keep idle times to a minimum: Turn the car off when you are leaving it for a bit, or at long traffic stops.
- Avoid fast starts and acceleration.
- Keep that speed down! Anything over 55 miles per hour greatly increases wind resistance.
- It is often best to close the windows and turn on the air conditioning. In today’s vehicles with aerodynamic designs you lose more from wind resistance in having the windows open than you gain by having the air conditioning off.
- Watch for what’s coming up: avoiding sudden stops, and merging smoothly can lead towards a lower weekly gas bill.
Best of all, plan your trips wisely. Do several chores at once, and plan good routes, rather than constantly jumping in your car throughout the day. Keep your car light by emptying the trunk and reducing weight. Try to keep your speed constant and drive in the highest gear possible.