How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

Most people don’t like paying too much for fuel, but you might not know what to do to avoid that pitfall. Not everyone can afford to buy a more fuel-efficient car right away, making fuel saving tips key.

While some phone apps can help with finding the cheapest fuel prices in any given area, you can also use driving tips to save fuel. Going further on the same amount of fuel means you don’t need to buy as much, lowering your costs automatically.

Read on to learn some solid tips anyone can put into action, from the team at Pedersen Toyota.

Dump Extra Weight

At any time, your car might be carrying around things you don’t even need, making it heavier. The best thing you can do is to shed the extra weight, because it causes your car to consume more fuel.

Go through the interior and remove anything that isn’t necessary. This might include books, exercise equipment, winter gear during the summer, etc. While you might need items like jumper cables or other emergency equipment, anything you can afford to ditch will help.

Change How You Drive

One of the biggest ways to impact fuel consumption for the better is to change how you drive every day. If you’re aggressive on the road, learn to slow down. Constantly accelerating hard causes your vehicle to guzzle the gas.

If you see a red light ahead, take your foot off the accelerator and just cruise toward it. Quickly getting to the intersection means you’ll waste fuel idling. When you know you’ll be stopped for a long time, shut the engine off.

After being stopped, accelerate gradually, not hard. You’re not in a race, so don’t treat commuting, running, errands, and other daily trips that way.

When you need to run several errands, go to the one that’s furthest away first, if you can help it. This will allow your engine enough time to warm all the way up, boosting efficiency for the rest of the other trips.

Maintain Your Vehicle

A car that’s in good repair will consume less fuel, since it will run just as it was designed.

Check the tire pressure about once a month. It should match the amount listed on the sticker in the driver’s doorjamb. If not, either let air out or use a pump to put more in until it does.

Change the oil at the intervals specified by the vehicle manufacturer. Dirty oil can really gum up your engine, causing it to lose efficiency. Also, stay on top of all other car tune-up items, since those also have a significant effect on fuel economy.

Cut Down on Drag

There are all kinds of accessories you can attach to the exterior of your vehicle, which can come in handy. But, if you leave those items attached, you’ll be paying for it at the pump, quite literally.

Bike racks, roof pods, and even the crossbars on your roof rack create aerodynamic drag. The more drag, the harder your engine needs to work just to maintain a certain speed. Harder work means more fuel consumption. In other words, if you’re not actively using these items, take them off and leave them in your garage.

Keep your car in prime condition, reducing fuel consumption and avoiding big repairs, by bringing it to Pedersen Toyota.