How to Save Fuel

Do you remember when you could purchase a full tank of gas for less than twenty-five dollars? It seems like that was ages ago. Then, gas mileage was not a big concern of mine. That is no longer the case. I want to save every extra mile per gallon that is humanly possible. I’ll let you in on my top ten secrets on how to increase your gas mileage.

1. Tune your engine. A regularly tuned up car will not only mean a longer life span for your vehicle but can also guarantee better gas mileage. If you follow the recommendations from your car manufacturer, tuning your engine can increase you gas mileage by an average of four percent.

2. Change your oil. Using the proper grade and type of oil will minimize the friction and heat in your engine and reduce your gas consumption. It is important to follow the maintenance schedule for changing your oil in your owner’s manual. When picking the type of oil for your car, look for “Energy Conserving” on the API performance symbol on your oil can since it contains friction-reducing additives. This can increase your gas mileage by up to two percent.

3. Air filters should be checked and repaired on a regular basis. By changing your filters, you can help burn less gas because your engine’s efficiency increases. More force and energy are created, which means better gasoline consumption for your car. Instead of utilizing reusable air filters, look for quality paper filters when replacing your filter. You could add ten percent to your miles per gallon, simply by replacing filters that have become clogged.

4. Inflate your tires properly. Under inflated tires waste fuel and wear out the tire tread. Use the tire pressure imprinted on the tire wall since it’s the most accurate. Proper tire pressure can increase your gas mileage up to three percent. When checking your tire pressure, make sure you use an accurate tire gauge. It’s worth the few extra dollars to buy a better tire gauge.

5. Check your wheel/tire alignment. If you wheels or tires are out of alignment, the car will pull to either the right or left. This pulling requires extra energy to continue in a straight line and thus reduces gas mileage.

6. Fill your gas tank using the minimum required octane. For most cars, regular octane is the recommended gas. Buying higher octane gas is a waste of money unless your engine is knocking. Check your owner’s manual for the right octane level and do not buy a higher octane gas.

7. Get a fuel system treatment or use a fuel injector cleaner. Carbon deposits commonly form on carburetors, fuel injectors, intake valves, intake ports and combustion chambers. These carbon deposits plugged up the injectors which causes the fuel to vaporize poorly. These treatments or cleaners can help you maximize your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

8. Unload your trunk. Take out the things that you don’t need from the trunk and just keep the basic emergency equipment. If you reduce the weight of your car, it will improve you gas mileage.

9. Avoid rooftop carriers and carrying things on the roof. Wind resistance can have a big impact on your mileage.

10. Inspect your gas cap. Check the seal to make sure it is complete and in good condition. It allows gas to readily escape from the car, if it is damaged.

Because gasoline prices are continually rising, it is wise to take a bit of time and effort to maintain your car and keep it in peak condition. You can spend your money on the things that you enjoy, simply by using these tips to help reduce your gasoline costs.