Most people get less gas mileage than they should. Many of these often fall for scams promising them of better mileage with a few tweaks such as special magnets, fuel additives, and magic fuel mileage boosters. Many of the products claiming to improve your gas mileage hardly work or even make your fuel consumption even worse.
The key to getting better mileage on your car lies with how well you use the car, your driving habits, and taking proper care of your vehicle. It’s also worth noting that no device will make your car consume less fuel than it was made to. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to improve your car/truck’s fuel efficiency.
1. Avoid Hard Braking And Acceleration
The harder you press the gas pedal, the more fuel the car will demand/consume. If looking to improve fuel efficiency, you should then go slow on the car and avoid hard acceleration. Let the car pick up speed without straining the engine. The same applies to hard braking. Speeding then breaking hard at the next red light, or a bump also puts lots of fuel at the waste. Avoid this to see your consumption drop a bit.
2. Slow Down
Unless you are in a hurry, learn to drive at speeds below 60MPH. Speeds higher than this will only lead to increased fuel consumption putting a massive dent to your gas tank and your wallet. Make it a habit of driving at 60MPH and learn to stick to the same speed for better fuel economy.
3. Avoid Idling The Engine For Too Long
Do not leave the car idling for more than 5 minutes unless you have to. The car continues to use fuel when idling, one of the reasons you should consider turning it off. This is particularly recommended if you wish to leave the car for a few moments.
4. Service Your Vehicle Regularly
Always have your car or truck serviced regularly, and as per the manufacturer’s specification. It is by having the vehicle serviced that any broken or malfunctioning parts can be replaced or repaired. This ensures the vehicle is running smoothly hence better fuel economy. It wouldn’t, however, be advisable to over-service the car, as this will only translate to increased costs.
Have the air filter, engine oil, and other components changed when necessary but not all the time. Sticking to the servicing schedules as per the manufacturer’s manual would be a wise idea.