Three Tips To Improve Your Fuel Efficiency

January 29, 2020 2:17 pm Published by

With gas prices constantly on the rise, making the most out of your fuel is extremely important. On average, Americans spend 10.83% of their monthly budget on gasoline, and if you are driving inefficiently, that is money that you are throwing down the drain. If you want to make the most of your gas budget, there are a few easy things that you can do to save yourself some serious money. Learn more about how you can save yourself thousands of dollars on car care and get all the parts you need right here at your local U Pull & Pay.

Improve Your Driving Style

The easiest way that you can make your gas tank last longer is by driving more carefully. If you tend to be a bit of a lead foot, your quick acceleration is chewing through your fuel much faster than it should. Let’s be honest, we’ve all had those moments where we jump on the highway, put our foot down, and just start motoring, but that rapid acceleration can get expensive quick. Simply by taking it easy on the acceleration, you can easily save yourself thousands of dollars in gas. If you have a hard time taking it easy on the gas, you can try imagining that there is an egg between the floor and the pedal and you are trying not to crack it. Try to avoid sudden braking as well, as any wasted momentum is wasted gas.

Get The Right Tires

If you have the wrong tires on your car or truck, you could be losing potential gas mileage on every tank of gas. Check your owner’s manual to see what size of tires you need for your vehicle. If you have oversized tires on your vehicle, you are spending hundreds more per month on wasted gas. The most common issue with tires is when they are underinflated, or set at the wrong pressure. Low tire pressure increases the surface area of your tire that contacts the road, which in turn increases resistance. Any increased resistance will cause your car to work harder while you are driving, which will drastically lower your fuel efficiency.

Change Your Filters

Changing out your air filter is one of the easiest DIY maintenances that you can do on your vehicle. Your air filter works to feed clean air directly into your engine. The cleanliness of the air and the amount of air that your engine can receive is directly connected to how clean or dirty your air filter is. A dirty air filter will drastically limit the amount of oxygen getting into your engine and will force your engine to work twice as hard just to keep running. You will only need to spend about 2 minutes to check your air filter, and you will easily be able to see if your filter is clogged with dirt, leaves, or debris.

Bonus Tip: Fuel Up In The Morning

This tip won’t help you increase your fuel efficiency, but you can easily save hundreds of dollars every year by filling up in the morning, especially if it is colder. Gas becomes much denser at colder temperatures, so if you fill up in the cold, you are essentially getting more gas for your dollar.

If you want to learn more about how you can get the most out of your gas and your vehicle, come into your local U Pull & Pay today. Our expert staff will help you get all the parts and tips you need to take care of any DIY project you want to tackle.

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This post was written by Jonathan Kling