How to Get Better Gas Mileage
Your vehicle's fuel economy not only depends on your car, truck, van or SUV, but also how you drive, how you maintain your vehicle, how much you store/haul in your car and more. Here are five ways to get better gas mileage and save money, too:
- Don't be an aggressive driver. According to FuelEconomy.gov, drivers who speed, brake and accelerate quickly can reduce their gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% in the city.
- Use the right grade of motor oil. If you're trying to learn how to improve gas mileage, this often-overlooked element can help improve your car's fuel efficiency by as much as 2%, so be sure to follow your manufacturer's recommended guidelines.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. For every 1 psi drop in pressure (in all 4 tires), your gas mileage will be reduced by approximately 0.3% – which means that you can improve your MPGs by as much as 3%.
- Reduce your payload. In your quest to learn how to get better gas mileage, consider this: If you bike, hike, camp or regularly haul equipment around town for work or play, it'll pay to unload your vehicle when you no longer need easy access to those items. In general, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by as much as 5%, and for every 100lbs. in your trunk, you'll reduce your vehicle's MPGs by 1-2%.
- Maintain your vehicle. If your car has failed your state's emissions test or is somewhat out of tune, getting it fixed can improve your MPGs by an average of 4%. Meanwhile, having serious maintenance issues corrected, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your gas mileage by as much as 40%.
Another way to get better gas mileage is to carpool – and take advantage of HOV lanes during typically busy drive times and you can get more miles per gallon just by avoiding stop-and-go traffic, and long idling times.