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How To Improve Your Fuel Economy

Updated on June 14, 2013

Fuel Saving Tips For Drivers

In today's trying times it is important to learn how to save money on every day things. How to improve you fuel economy is a good one to start with as there are many ways that are easy to do without spending money, while some wil require drastic changes. It's up to you and your conscience how much you are willing to change.

Here's a few subjects I'll be dealing with.

  • Drive more efficiently is one way to reduce your fuel bill.
  • Keeping up with regular maintenance, oil changes, air filters, etc.
  • Upgrade to more fuel efficient parts for your vehicle.
  • Trade in you old gas guzzler to a more efficient newer model.

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how to improve your fuel economy
how to improve your fuel economy

Fuel Saving Tips For Drivers

Drive More Efficiently

Drive the speed limit. The speed limit is not there to frustrate you or control you. It is the speed most vehicles will operate at efficiently. Driving at excessive speeds on a winding road is not only dangerous but going over the speed limit prompts the driver to brake often going around corners which wastes gas.

Drive Responsibly Not only must you observe the speed limit but be responsible. Don't do the jack rabbit starts off the line or weave back and forth between lanes. The smoother you drive the vehicle the better the fuel mileage. It is also safer for both those in the vehicle and those outside.

Reduce The weight Of course it makes sense it take more energy to move a car that is loaded down with extra weight than one that is empty. Clean out the trunk of all the winter refuse. Do you really need to carry the 4 jugs of windshield washer just because you bought the case on sale?

Avoid idling. Winter is over stop running the engine if you don't need to. Reduce the time the A/C is used. Any drag on your motor is lowering the fuel efficiency and the A/C is one that draws a lot of power from the engine.

Use Cruise Control Again keeping you vehicle at a constant speed will be more fuel efficient than driving erratically. Use you over drive gears if your vehicle has them. That will allow your motor to run at a lower speed

Things To Help Gain More Mileage From Your Vehicle.

K&N E-1990 High Performance Replacement Air Filter
K&N E-1990 High Performance Replacement Air Filter

Once my warranty runs I the first thing I change on my vehicles is to change the air filter. Find the K&N filter for your car.

 
K&N Performance Cold Air Intake Kit 57-3050 with Lifetime Filter for 2005-2007 Chevrolet/GMC Classic Trucks and SUVs 4.8L/5.3L/6.0L V8
K&N Performance Cold Air Intake Kit 57-3050 with Lifetime Filter for 2005-2007 Chevrolet/GMC Classic Trucks and SUVs 4.8L/5.3L/6.0L V8

Go one step further and add a cool air intake which allows more air flow and lets the engine operate more efficiently.

 
Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10 Off-Road Tire - 265/75R16 114T
Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10 Off-Road Tire - 265/75R16 114T

Find the right tires for the majority of vehicle driving you do. If you do highway driving for 80% of your time then get the right tires to

 
Save money and improve your fuel mileage
Save money and improve your fuel mileage

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fuel saving tips
fuel saving tips

Keep Up Regular Maintenance

car fuel saving tips

Keep Your Engine Tuned It is obvious I know but something simple as a faulty oxygen sensor can lower the engine efficiency by 40%.

Use the Correct Grade of Oil Running you motor with the wrong grade of oil can reduce the mileage by 1-2%. Try using synthetic oil at the right grade for improved performance.

Keep Tires Properly Inflated Check the label on the inside door panel of the drivers door. It lists the specific tire pressure and size of tire for your vehicle. Keeping the tires at the correct pressure will ensure the best gas mileage.

fuel savings tips
fuel savings tips

Other Fuel Saving Tips

Try commuting with public transit.

Alter your travel times so that you are not crowed out with rush hour traffic.

Combine your tasks to shorten your total travel time.

Avoid using roof racks or tying items on top of the car as it reduces the aerodynamics of the car.

Also pack only what you need so you reduce the weight.

Drive the most fuel efficient vehicle for the task.

When it comes down to purchasing a new car, today's models are much more fuel efficient than those even 2 years ago. Even a change of 10 MPG will garner thousands of dollars worth of saving on fuel over the life of the car. Take that into consideration.

You don't have to drive a little economy car to get good mileage. You don't have to give up a sporty peppy car. The 2013/2014 year models have all the pep of their previous versions but with far greater fuel efficiency from advances made in turbo chargers and hybrid technologies. It time to buy a new car. Don't settle for old.

"I'd drive a thousand miles just to learn how to conserve gas and help save the environment. J Kintz

What Do You Do To Gain Fuel Efficiency

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      ripburns 4 years ago

      Nice lens and thanks for the like!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @goldenrulecomics: So true. I am surprised how many people have no idea about their tire pressure. Bring back the glory days of the full service gas station where the attendant would check your oil and tire pressure while filling the tank. Thanks for the comment.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Always keep your tires properly inflated.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @LesPalenik: I dispute that it saves more gas. The 6 and 8 speed automatics may have you beat on that one. I haven't driven standard though so I can't comment on the fun aspect. I have plenty of fun as it is.

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      LesPalenik 4 years ago

      I would also add a suggestion to buy a car with manual shift. Saves on gas and is more fun.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @Elis173: As long as you fill-up and drive. If you fill-up on the way home from night-shift the gas will expand in the tank and leak out... If you top it up. Good tip . Thanks

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      Elis173 4 years ago

      Great lens! Another trick: if refueling early in the morning, the fuel is cooler and takes up less volume, so that, with the same value we charge some extra grams