Stretching a Tank of Gas
Gas prices ebb and flow. Different seasons and times in our economy bring about higher and lower gas prices. Right now, prices are a bit higher than they were a month ago.
We at Hebert’s Town & Country Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Shreveport, Louisiana want to share our tips on how to make the most of your full tank when leaving the gas station.
1. Clean out the car, especially the trunk
Are you carrying around junk you don’t need in your backseat and trunk? All of that stuff — golf clubs, jackets, shoes, trash, etc. — adds extra weight. Extra weight means more strain on the engine which results in lower MPG. Get rid of everything you don’t need. You’ll see an improvement in fuel economy and you’ll feel better about a clean car.
2. Regularly check tire inflation
Whether over-inflated or under-inflated, tire pressure can affect fuel efficiency. Balanced, aligned, properly-inflated tires will give a smoother ride and higher MPG.
3. Fill your tank with the right gas
Putting the right gas in your car is super important. Check your owner’s manual for what fuel grade it says to use and stick to it. If your car calls for premium, buy premium. If your manual says to buy unleaded, then buy unleaded. Your car will perform at its best when using the right fuel.
4. Utilize cruise control
Cruise control is your best friend while highway driving! It’s impossible to use the cruise during rush hour, but if you’re taking a road trip, don’t forsake this tool. Cruise keeps your speed steady, which is the best way to get the best possible MPG while driving.
5. Think about aerodynamics
You may love the way your car looks, but it was designed to look that way for a reason. Certain curves of the car were designed to reduce drag and help with wind resistance. If you have any exterior accessory installed, like a roof rack or a winch, that creates extra drag. Extra drag affects your fuel efficiency, so only use these exterior accessories when they’re needed.
6. Turn the car off
If you’re going to be idling for longer than a minute, it’s best to turn the car off completely. This is easier said than done in the dead of summer and winter, but you won’t be using as much fuel to turn your engine on and off as you will just sitting there.
7. Don’t miss maintenance appointments
Sticking to a regular service schedule is the most important thing you can do for your car’s health. Simple things like a clogged air or oil filter or old spark plugs can affect your fuel economy. If you’re not sure when to bring your car in for maintenance, read our blog for a Basic Car Service Schedule.
8. Drive with a lighter foot
Accelerate and brake slowly and, if you can stand it, drive under the speed limit. Stomping on the gas pedal or brake and driving at high speeds is sometimes necessary, but it can hurt overall MPG. According to a study done by Edmunds, moderate driving can save you up to 37% and driving the speed limit or under can save up to 14%.
Now that’s some good savings!