5 Tips to Improve Your MPG Fuel Economy
At Holman GO, many of our customers are interested in buying a new or certified pre-owned vehicle that has excellent fuel economy. The EPA’s fuel economy ratings for city and highway driving are based on numerous assumptions, such as a well-maintained vehicle. If you are like many drivers who have taken the time to track your vehicle’s fuel economy, you may be confused about why your calculations are not aligned with the EPA rating for your make and model. The reality is that small variations in several factors can result in significant differences in fuel economy ratings. If you want to improve your car’s fuel economy, utilize these tips for your driving experience.
1. Avoid Rapid Acceleration
You may assume that your vehicle will require the same amount of gas to reach a specific cruising speed regardless of how quickly or slowly you accelerate, but this is not the case. Rapid acceleration consumes significantly more gas. Whether you are taking off from a dead stop or you are trying to work your way through busy roads, take it easy on the gas pedal to improve fuel economy.
2. Clean Out the Trunk
Some drivers are carrying around dead weight in their trunk and even in their car’s cabin. This may include various tools, gym gear, extra items for the kids, and more. Before each outing, clean out details that will weigh down your vehicle unnecessarily. Even a few extra pounds in your car can make a big difference across many miles.
3. Remove External Accessories
If you have a few external accessories on your vehicle that are not needed at all times, remove these as well. This may include a bike rack, a tow hitch or other items. In addition to adding extra weight to your vehicle, they create drag. Both of these factors work against you as you try to conserve fuel on the road.
4. Check Tire Air Pressure
Another source of drag is under-inflated tires. Tires should be properly inflated based on the manufacturer’s recommendations. Check the tire air pressure monthly so that you can make adjustments as needed. Also, replace tires promptly when the tread is low.
5. Avoid Idling
If you spend a decent amount of time sitting in your vehicle while it is idling, you are wasting gas. Some parents idle their car while waiting to pick up their kids, but you can quickly turn off the vehicle while you wait. Others idle in heavy traffic on their commute, but taking an alternate route may allow the car to cruise at a steady rate. Look for ways like these to avoid idling.
Even when all of these steps are taken, your fuel costs may still be higher than you would like it to be. At Holman GO, we sell many fuel-efficient used cars, and we are happy to help you find a new vehicle that meets your fuel economy needs.