5 Tips for Reduced Fuel Consumption
Over the last few months, gas prices have dropped considerably. People no longer feel the pain at the pump, but they also haven’t been traveling as much. As travel and social distancing restrictions lift once the government feels the threat of the coronavirus is contained, you can keep these tips in mind to reduce your fuel consumption.
- Choose the Right Vehicle
If you have a long commute to work or you typically spend hours in the car shuffling kids to and from activities, a vehicle that gets great gas mileage is the best way to reduce your fuel consumption. Newer vehicles have mileage ratings at least thirty miles a gallon or higher, though if your budget allows, an electric or hybrid car gives you even more savings.
- Keep Up With Maintenance
A vehicle, even though rated highly for mileage, won’t give you what you want if you don’t take care of it. In particular, regular engine maintenance is important to make sure your gas consumption is the most efficient. You may want to consider replacing a standard fuel filter with one of the selections of Airdog replacement filters in order to see better intake. You also need to keep your oil change on schedule. Check with your owner’s manual for how long you can go between changes.
- Reconsider Your Fuel Purchase
Many people opt for the lowest costing fuel, in an effort to save a few dollars. Even though the owner’s manual may indicate that cheap fuel won’t hurt your car, consider upgrading your gas to a higher octane to improve mileage. You can also use a fuel additive to boost performance.
- Change Your Habits
Unfortunately, many of the bad driving habits you have will reduce the efficiency of your car. Driving over the speed limit is more than just dangerous and against the law. It considerably lowers the number of miles per gallon your tank of gas will go. Rapid accelerations, such as gunning it once the light hits green, will also lower your MPG threshold.
- Watch Your Weight
Pulling heavy loads, like a camper, boat, or trailer puts an excess drag on the vehicle. This radically reduces how far you can go. Long-distance driving is generally when most people get a grip on their overall mileage, but storing luggage on top or pulling heavy loads doesn’t let your engine reach its full potential.
Following these tips can let you get a little further on a tank of gas once COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted. Summer vacations await, and the money you save at the pump can be put toward a weekend away.