How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

February 26th, 2019 by

Every car owner wants to keep their fuel costs to a minimum. While many perform regular maintenance to keep their cars in good health, there are a few more things you can do to save on gas. We’ve shared some tips that will help improve your fuel economy.

Reduce Weight

Many car owners have a habit of keeping things in their car’s even when they aren’t being used. For example, some people keep a bag of golf clubs in the car’s trunk, even if they only play golf on weekends. If you look in the trunk and the cabin of your car, there are many things that are not needed. Try removing unneeded items from your car and carry them only when needed. The more weight your car carries, the more fuel it burns.

Don’t Use Premium Fuel Unless Recommended

Unless you own a luxury or sports car, premium fuel is not useful to your vehicle. It does not improve your engine performance or fuel economy. Fuel with a high octane rating is designed for sports cars with high-compression engines. High-octane fuel ignites fully under specific pressure that regular car engines do not produce. The result is the fuel cannot fully combust which leads to fuel being wasted. Car manufacturers test their engines with various fuel types and recommend the one that delivers the best performance. If your owner’s manual suggests a low octane fuel, trust the car manufacturer’s recommendation.

Reduce Drag

Your car’s aerodynamic design helps to minimize air resistance. Many car owners fit roof carriers and other accessories that increase the drag. The result is the car’s engine has to burn more fuel to overcome the increased resistance. Remove accessories when you aren’t using them to reduce drag and improve fuel economy.

Maintain Right Tire Pressure

Tire pressure plays an important role in fuel consumption. A lower than recommended air pressure results in a larger tire surface coming in contact with the ground. This increases rolling resistance and causes your car to burn more gas. To improve fuel economy, make sure that all your tires are properly inflated. There are plenty of accessories available that can measure the air pressure in tires, and many modern vehicles come standard with digital tire pressure monitoring. Keeping your tires inflated will help you save money at the pump.

Use Recommended Motor Oil

Motor oil lubricates moving components and enhances the efficiency of your vehicle’s engine. Car manufacturers test various types of engine oils and recommend the one that brings out the best performance of the engine.  Aftermarket oils have different viscosities that might hamper the performance of your engine. You should always follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation for motor oil.

These are some easy ways that can improve your fuel economy and lower your monthly fuel expenses.

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