How to Get the Best Fuel Economy

September 9th, 2016 by

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How to Get the Best Fuel Economy

In the news, revolutionary technologies are announced almost weekly that could dramatically change how our vehicles are powered or improve fuel economy. Solar technology, electric hybrid and fuel cell advancements, and alternate fuels are under development. Most vehicles on the road today are still powered by gasoline, though, which means regular trips to the gas station. Those fuel costs add up quickly, even more so for SUVs and trucks than for passenger cars.

Whether you drive a car, truck, van, or SUV, there are money-saving ways to get the best fuel economy. Better yet, they’re simple and cost little to nothing to implement.

Keep your tires properly inflated

Yes, tire pressure affects your fuel economy. Tires that aren’t filled to the proper pressure create more drag on your vehicle, known as rolling resistance, and your vehicle burns more fuel to reach the same speed. Keep your tires inflated to the pressure rating noted on the sticker inside your driver’s door, NOT on the tire itself.

Reduce your idle time

Idling your car, either while you’re waiting for someone or something, or to warm it up in cold weather, burns fuel unnecessarily. Turn the engine off instead of idling while you wait for someone. And when you’re warming up your car, the engine only needs 15 seconds of run time to circulate the oil, even in the coldest of days. You’ll get more heat faster when you’re driving, and you’ll save money at the pumps as well.

Keep your vehicle properly maintained

Don’t postpone your vehicle servicing. Change your oil when it’s required to reduce friction and heat inside your engine — two things that decrease your fuel economy. When the engine isn’t properly lubricated, it requires more energy to operate. That energy comes from — you guessed it — increased fuel consumption.

Keep your air filter clean

For the engine to run efficiently, it needs to breathe clean air, and lots of it. A dirty air filter restricts needed air for the engine to run, and it compensates by increasing fuel usage. Replace your engine air filter annually, or more frequently if it’s dirty. Your fuel economy will be kept at its best.

Check Engine light issues affect fuel economy

Often, if your Check Engine light is on, you’re burning excessive amounts of gas. One simple concern like a faulty oxygen sensor can increase your fuel usage up to 40%! If your Check Engine light is on, have it diagnosed and fixed sooner rather than later to eliminate wasted fuel.