Improving Gas Mileage

Spring is officially here! Technically it started on Sunday…and even though it’s still a little chilly outside, we can’t help but think that the birds will be chirping soon and the grass will be getting greener each day. With spring and summertime also comes travel. Thankfully, gas prices are still manageable, but we have also noticed that the price at the pump has creeped up ever so slowly over the past few weeks. It’s probably inevitable that we’ll be paying more for gas at some point, which got us thinking about what you can do to make sure your vehicle is getting the best gas mileage possible. Did you know that there are several things that you can do to make sure your car is getting the best possible gas mileage?

Here are a few tips that will help you get every mile out of your next tank of gas.

Slow Down

Did you know that your gas mileage goes down considerably once you exceed 50-55 mph? It’s true! Sure, you might get somewhere faster, but your car is eating up tons of gas as a result of you being late. Quick fix? Leave earlier and be okay with driving slower. People may give you funny looks, but you’ll have the last laugh because you’ll extend that tank of gas even further.

Be Nice To Your Car (Keep it Maintained)

Make sure you take your car for routine/regular maintenance. Get your oil changed regularly, get tune ups when needed and you’ll find you’ll get much better gas mileage.

Coast Down Hills

Throw your car into neutral when you’re going down a big hill. Sure, it may not seem like a lot, but if you are going somewhere that has a lot of hills, they’ll add up and you just may find yourself getting an extra few miles out of your tank. Have kids in your car? Play a game and see how far you can coast without touching the gas!

Keep a Consistent Speed

Make sure you have a consistent speed when you’re driving. If the speed limit is 45 and you are accelerating to 55 and then pulling your foot off the gas and waiting until your speed is 40 and then accelerate again, you’ll be sucking up gas pretty fast…and your passengers will probably get carsick. If you’re on the highway and you have cruise control, use it! A consistent speed will give you much better gas mileage than an erratic one.

Reduce Weight

No…we’re not telling you to go on a diet. If you have excess weight in your car, take it out! There are definitely big culprits in the weight category like extra tires (more than your spare), tools and trash. If you don’t need it in your car, take it out. You’ll find that your gas mileage will go up as the weight in your car goes down.

Buy a Gas Friendly Car

This may seem like a no brainer, but if you’re driving a Ford F-150 or a Toyota Tundra, chances are, you’re not getting 30 miles to the gallon. If you’re driving a gas guzzler and you have no need for it, consider purchasing a different car.

What are your gas saving tips?

-The Taconnet Team