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HOW TO SAVE GAS MILEAGE IN YOUR VEHICLE

Updated on June 11, 2011

SAVE AT THE PUMP

      In this time and age, we all are looking for ways to save a little bit of money. With gas prices rising and the economy downturn, we all are wanting to hold onto what money we have now more then ever. When it comes to our vehicle, we have to have it. We rely on our vehicle for many things, including work. There are many new vehicles out that get well over 40 miles per gallon and more. But what if you don't have one of those vehicles or you can't afford to buy that type of vehicle right now? Maybe you are driving in an Escalade that gets around 12 miles per gallon. Well if this is the case, you have came to the right place. Not only will I tell you how to save gas, mostly what I tell you to do cost nothing! All you have to do is change your driving style and you will be able to save hundreds of dollars if not more. Not all of what I am going to tell you is free but the majority is. If you want the best performance possible, you will have to shell out a few dollars for parts. But if you do, you will get it back in time and still save big stacks of money. Read below and learn how to save money and save gas!

CHECK THOSE TIRES

      There are many people that ride around on tires that have little tread or tires that are improperly inflated. Many of them don't realize how much extra money this is costing them. Whether you fill your tires to 32 or 35, you need to make sure that all four tires are the same. If you have a tire that is low, it will cause the engine to work harder. Because of this, the vehicle uses more gas. So if you have a vehicle that veers to the left or right, make sure you check your tires. Imagine how much money you are losing if you are riding around on four titres with uneven weights? You want your tires aligned correctly also. This is very important as well. You can do this yourself if you have a tire balancer. If not, most shops can do it for you. You can usually get a tire balanced for just a few dollars. You also want to make sure you have treads on your tires as well. Not only is it crucial for great gas mileage, it is important because of your safety too. A tire with little or no tread can tear very easily and may cause you to wreck. Tire size also matters. The bigger tire you have, the more gas you are going to use. Even though you can change the rim size of your vehicle, you can change the size of the tire. Try going with a smaller width tire for premium gas mileage on your vehicle. 

DRIVING TIPS TO SAVE GAS

      Depending on your driving environment and the way you drive your vehicle, there are many ways to save or loose gas mileage. If you are heavy on the pedal, you are going to use more gas up then someone that drives more constant so to say. The faster you excelerate, the more gas you use. If you keep your engine at a steady climb while driving, you will use less gas and get better gas mileage out of your vehicle. The gas you save by doing this can add up over time. Did you know that braking earlier can save you gas? It can! For all those city drivers out there, you can also save gas by using the brakes. When you are sitting at a street light, the vehicle is at idle speed. When you are at idle speed, the engine uses more gas. So, the less you idle, the more gas you save. A good example of this, lets say you are a 1/2 of a mile before the street light. The street light is already red. If you have the space in front of you, go ahead and start slowing down. Your objective is to make it through the light without coming to a complete stop. Can you imagine the time you spend on a yearly basis sitting at street lights? Of course, we can't get through them all without spending time sitting, but we can cut it down by 25% to say the least. Over time, you could save some big money. Also, don't leave your vehicle on to idle if you don't have too. I know there are times when we have to start it to warm the car up or cool it down. All I am saying is if you don't have to do it, don't. There are many of us that take the freeway to work or we drive it almost daily. Do you ever use your cruise control? If so, you are saving gas and money by doing this. When you use cruise control, the engine is at a steady pace. Since the engine is, you are using less gas. So if you are driving the freeway or even the back roads, use your cruise control as much as possible. By applying these tips to your everyday driving, you will save big bucks over time. At the end of the year, you can save over a thousand dollars!

INCREASING YOUR FUEL MILEAGE

      No matter who you are, if you have a vehicle, you want it to run at its best. There are a few things you can change on your vehicle that will increase your vehicle's performance and gas mileage. Going by the books, your fuel filter should be changed every 30,000 miles. Your fuel filter can get clogged up over time and you can get less fuel to the engine. Over time, it can cause your engine to not start or cause engine stalling. It can effect your gas mileage also. If you haven't had it changed and you are over 30,000 miles, change it. Your spark plugs and wires can also effect the gas mileage of your vehicle. If you are getting very bad gas mileage and it has been awhile or never since you changed them, I would advise you to do so. Not only will your vehicle run better, you will get better gas mileage as well. If you don't have the money to change them, inspect the wires. You can visually inspect them to make sure they are hooked up correctly and to make sure there are no damage. Check your air filter. Make sure it doesn't need changed.

     If your not getting good fuel mileage, you may have a weak fuel pump or leaking fuel injectors. The fuel pump can go bad over time, as well as the injectors. If you have a bad fuel pump, the vehicle most likely would not start. I would advise you to get a Haynes manual for your specific vehicle to guide you with working on specific parts.

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    • Richard83 profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard83 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Hey there Katrinasui. Thanks so much. If you do, you can really save a lot of money in the long run, thousands to be honest. I appreciate the comment and see ya later.

    • katrinasui profile image

      katrinasui 

      7 years ago

      These are some wonderful tips. I should try these:):)

    • Richard83 profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard83 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      EYD, thanks again for the comment. I truly meant to help people out with this typical issue. Many people don't know that you can literally save hundreds to thousands of dollars by following these tips within a year. Thanks for passing it on. Very much appreciated.

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      eventsyoudesign 

      7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Good information. I will certainly take your advice when driving. Gas is extremely expensive. We can all use this information to save money and I will pass it on to others. Thanks! Teresa

    • Richard83 profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard83 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks Denise. Thanks for the intro Denise. Can't wait to visit you my dear.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, Richard, and definitely an important subject. Welcome to hubpages.

    • Richard83 profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard83 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you very much Betty. I appreciate your comment dearly.

    • Betty Reid profile image

      Betty Reid 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Helpful tips for expensive times.

    • Richard83 profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard83 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Giselle, thank you so much. I really enjoy helping others as much as I can. To myself, it makes life worthwhile and fulfilling. Thank you for the comment and stopping by. I hope these tips will save you money in the long run.

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      Giselle Maine 

      7 years ago

      I really liked these helpful ideas here for saving gas mileage. I am really noticing the extra cost of gas when I fill my car up these days, so your hub came at a timely moment.

    • Richard83 profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard83 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Hey there Marlin! Many thanks.

    • Marlin 55 profile image

      Marlin 55 

      7 years ago from USA

      Great hub! Thank you for the great tips.

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