Maximize Your MPG
Driving at higher rates of speed tends to increase fuel consumption. I’m not saying be one of those annoying drivers that is driving 10 mph below the speed limit, but drive at a reasonable speed. Slowing down, even 5 mph will increase the mpg you are able to get from a tank of gas.
Empty Your Trunk
Do you carry around extra equipment in your trunk that you don’t need on a daily basis? I’ve been guilty of this in the past! Empty your trunk and lighten your load to save when driving.
Inflate Your Tires
Improperly inflated tires can cost you around 6 cents per gallon. Keep your tires inflated properly. If you are unsure of how much to inflate your tires, check your car owner’s manual.
Get a Tune Up
Regular maintenance and proper tune ups will ensure that your car is getting the best possible mpg.
Using your cruise control will keep your car at an even speed, reducing acceleration.
Dont idle your engine for a long period of time. This uses more fuel than you would imagine. Plus some cities have laws against idling.
Even More Ways to Maximize Your MPG
Get the Best Gas Prices
Use an app like Gas Buddy to find the lowest gas prices in your area. Gas Buddy also has a neat feature on their website, if you are going on a trip you can enter your departure point and destination points and Gas Buddy will tell you where to fill up at so that you get the lowest gas prices during your trip.
If you haven’t had your car aligned in awhile chances are you are wasting gas. If your wheels are out of alignment, your car has to work harder to move down the road.
Take the Highway When Possible
The majority of my driving is done each day on the highway. Typically you will get better mpg when driving on the highway because you are avoiding the stop and go traffic of “in town” driving.
Coast to a Stop
Coasting to a stop is easier on your fuel usage than quick stop and starts where you will use more gas.