Saving Fuel Saves You Money
You can save fuel while driving if you drive consistently.
The faster you drive it forces your auto to overcome greater wind resistance.
Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel. Drive steadily. Use your cruise control when ever possible.
Never exceed legal speed limit. Speed limits are set for your traveling safety, which also provides better fuel efficiency. Traveling at 55 mph gives you better mileage when compared to speed limits of 65 mph and 70 mph.
Stick shift driven cars allow you to change to a higher gear sooner, thereby helping you save fuel if you accelerate slowly. However, if you cause the engine to “bog down”, it will use more fuel to get back up to the proper speed for the gear you are in.
Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds. Open windows reduces your fuel mileage.
Get that “Check Engine” light checked promptly. When this dashboard warning light comes on, it often means that the vehicle’s oxygen sensor has failed — and that could reduce the engine’s fuel efficiency by as much as 40%.
Air Filter Replace your air filter regularly. A clogged air filter can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 10%. Filters typically last about 12 months or 12,000 miles, but inspect yours every three months. If you see significant amounts of grime on the filter, replace it. Check your air filter every one to two months if you do a lot of driving on dirt roads. Replacing an air filter is a simple job — the vehicle’s owner’s manual explains how.
Tire Pressure Check your tire pressure at least once every three to four months. Keeping tires inflated to the recommended pressure could improve your fuel efficiency by 10% or more. It also could extend the life of your tires and reduce the odds of a dangerous blowout. Proper tire pressure will help avoid sidewall flexing, avoid unnecessary heat build up, thus reducing potential tire damage and failure. Proper tire pressure will provide better traction and vehicle handling (even more important in bad weather or windy conditions). The proper tire pressure should be listed in the owner’s manual, inside the driver’s door of the vehicle or inside the glove compartment on a sticker. It should also be listed on the tire.
Cruise Control Use cruise control when driving on open roads. Cruise control keeps the vehicle’s speed much steadier than you could on your own. Even slight surges in speed result in noticeably lower fuel efficiency. Look ahead when approaching hills. Accelerate before you reach the hill, not while you’re on it.
Keep unnecessary items out of your car, excessive weight causes you vehicle to use extra fuel.