Tips To Improve Your Vehicle’s Gas Mileage

Tips To Improve Your Vehicle's Gas Mileage

1. Don’t Brake Or Accelerate Too Hard

When you apply pressure to the gas pedal, fuel flows into the engine. Stepping on the accelerator quickly increases the flow of fuel. One easy way to save is by accelerating more slowly. If you pay attention to the traffic around you, you probably will notice people quickly accelerating when a light turns green, only to be stopped by a red light at the next corner. Along with being dangerous, this type of driving negatively impacts fuel economy.

2. Don’t Drive Faster Than 60 MPH

One easy way to improve your gas mileage is by slowing down. Driving faster than 60 miles per hour can cause your vehicle to use more fuel than necessary.

3. Shut Your Car Off When You Aren’t Using It

Instead of sitting in your car with the engine idling, shut it off if you are going to be in the same place for several minutes. Idling needlessly wastes fuel. This is an easy way to cut down on your gas usage.

4. Stick To A Regular Vehicle Maintenance Schedule

Well-maintained vehicles tend to get better gas mileage than vehicles that are neglected or in bad shape. Although it may not make a huge difference in your fuel economy, it is important to keep up with regular maintenance. You should be able to find a recommended maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual of your vehicle.

5. Avoid Products That Claim To Improve Gas Mileage

There are a lot of different products on the market that supposedly improve gas mileage. From special types of oil to chemical additives, all of these products claim to make a big difference in your vehicle’s fuel economy. In some cases, they may even state that they were tested by outside parties. In my experience, however, none of these products are worth buying. Even though the thought of being able to get better gas mileage by simply purchasing the right product may be appealing, the odds of it working are extremely slim. Don’t waste time failing to get your car into proper shape, let the auto repair professionals at Leahy’s Auto work on your car’s repairs. Contact our offices to set up a date to have your care looked at.

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