In Ways to Save Money on Gas (Part 1), I shared different driving habits in order to save fuel. Today, I will share more other driving habits that will increase your car’s gas mileage by, more or less, 10%. So here we go!
- Stay away from traffic and terrible weather.
If you are caught in heavy traffic or when the weather is terrible, the more your fuel savings does down. During bad condition, there is more air resistivity that your vehicle should overpower and that is by utilizing more fuel just to have the needed forward momentum. Meanwhile, in heavy traffic, you sometimes stop and then start, you do idling, weaving and as your fuel savings go down, so does your tolerance.
- Parking lot dilemma.
Most of us drive around the parking lot just to look what seemed to be the best spot to park. But when you are about to take it, another vehicle went ahead of you. So, you start driving around again. The smart thing to do is to take the first vacant spot available instead of looking for your preferred spot. That will save 3 to 9 minutes worth of fuel.
- No left turns, please.
Idling burns fuel and time. Staying at the left turn lane waiting for a chance to turn while your engine is running does that. Decide to turn right instead. Studies shows that the United Parcel Service or UPS, discovered that reducing the left turns when they do their deliveries saved at least $300 to $400 million yearly in fuel, wages, and vehicle maintenance.
- Do your routine vehicle maintenance.
Doing tune ups to your car engines at regular gaps is a good move. Not only does it utilize fewer gas, it helps you pass the emissions test, which is a requirement of DMV.
- Make sure your tires has the right pressure.
If this is not the case then it will not just wear out quickly but it will waste your fuel. Having the right pressure will increase the gas mileage to at least 3% and that is savings for you. So, next time you need to do a long drive, check your tire pressure. Check your owner’s manual to find out the correct pressure.
- Make sure that your tires are all aligned.
If they aren’t then they will not work together and your engine will have a difficult time in its performance. This means more fuel needed to keep your vehicle moving. Have the suspension and steering components of your front car examined every six to twelve months.
Not only does it save on gas but it also allow your tires to work longer and efficiently.
- Change your motor oil when needed.
The ideal is every 3,000 miles, but it could last a bit longer than that because the motor oil has become effective these days. So if you take too long to change, then the oil gets denser and its potency diminishes. That will decrease the efficiency of your fuel!
- Make sure your gas cap is well sealed
It is hard to believe that such a simple thing can lessen the fuel effectiveness by 2%. Why? Because an open gas cap allows the fuel to vaporize. Therefore, even a small crack can do the same thing especially during summer.
When your sensor tells you to take a look at the gas cap, do not waste time and quickly inspect it.