Tips on how to get the most mileage on every gallon of fuel this summer


Summer is here, below are some tips to help you get the most out of every drop of fuel.


TIRE PRESSURE - since low tires can rob you of several miles per gallon. For every 1-pound drop in pressure on all four tires, you increase your rolling resistance by 1.4 percent. Based on that, you can see how being down several pounds on air pressure can increase rolling resistance by quite a bit. Look on the door sticker of your vehicle for the proper inflation pressure and keep tires inflated to the maximum pressure recommended by the manufacturer.

TIRES -For safety and efficiency, make sure your tires are in good shape because tires that are worn out or worn unevenly will also affect the performance of your car.

WHEEL ALIGNMENT -a car that is out of alignment will also have increased rolling resistance. Not only will this condition kill your fuel economy, it will wear out a good set of tires prematurely.

EXCESS WEIGHT - unwanted baggage. No i am not talking about your weight. if you have stuff in your car that you are not using, leave them in your garage.

MAINTENANCE - The following items are more about keeping up with the maintenance, which if you have been reading me for a while you know I am a proponent. All of the following will positively affect fuel efficiency if properly maintained.

  • Air filter: A dirty air filter will restrict air flow to the engine.
  • Spark plugs and other ignition components.
  • Oxygen sensors.
  • Any time a check engine light is on.
  • Dirty fluids or wrong fluids in differentials, transfer cases and transmissions.
  • The wrong viscosity motor oil.
  • Bug deflectors and roof racks can impact the aero dynamics of your vehicle.

DRIVING HABITS - Accelerate slowly and control your speed. When approaching a red light, come off the accelerator earlier and coast longer rather than charging up to the light and braking hard.

STAY WITHIN THE SPEED LIMIT - According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, at 70 mph you lose 17 percent of your fuel economy and at 75 mph it's 25 percent. The numbers get worse from there.


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