With the rising cost of gas, it’s now more important than ever to purchase a vehicle with high gas mileage per gallon.
For those that can’t afford to invest in a new vehicle, there are many ways to increase the fuel efficiency of a car, truck, or SUV to get better gas mileage, reduce carbon footprints, and save money.
Fuel additives are one of the most effective ways to improve gas mileage. There are two types of fuel additives: engine conditioners and octane boosters.
Engine conditioners contain lubricants that make your vehicle’s engine run smoother, which in turn improves fuel efficiency.
Some manufacturers recommend using their brand of engine conditioner because it will either work best with the factory-made components.
Be sure to get your vehicle regularly serviced in order to ensure a fuel efficient SUV, car, or truck. This maintenance can include:
· changing the air filter
· swapping out spark plugs
· replacing the timing belt.
Air pressure is crucial to maintaining the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.
Underinflated tires can cause them to wear out faster and decrease gas mileage by 1-2%. In contrast, overinflating tires can decrease gas mileage by 1-3% because of the extra heat and friction.
Tire pressure should be checked once a month or every two weeks if you drive often.
Practicing fuel-efficient driving habits can save you gas and increase the life of your vehicle. When driving your car, be sure to:
· Apply steady pressure to the gas pedal rather than quick pumps that use heavy amounts of fuel.
· Perform light acceleration whenever possible.
· Reduce tire pressure when driving on flat surfaces.
· Keep your windows closed if not using A/C or heat to minimize drag.
· Avoid quickly accelerating at the last minute before a stop light turns green.
· Use your vehicle for long-distance driving rather than short trips around the block.