Automotive Tips

Driving Habits

  • Keep your car clean. Mud on the undercarriage can weigh a significant amount and slow you down.

  • Consolidate your daily trips and errands. This will also save you the cost of restarting your engine, which uses a lot of gas.

  • Avoid air conditioning when possible. However, when driving at higher speeds, having your windows open also creates drag.

  • Don’t throttle the gas or brake! Sudden starts or stops use more gas than gradual changes of speed.

  • Don’t idle for too long. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a lengthy wait.

  • Limit car warm-ups in winter.

  • Clear out the trunk. More weight, more drag.

  • Avoid high speeds. We know this is almost impossible to resist but you can improve your gas mileage about 15 percent by driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph.

  • Use overdrive. If your car is equipped with overdrive gearing use it as soon as your speed is high enough.

  • Use cruise control. Keeping a constant speed is ideal for improving your gas mileage.

Servicing Your Vehicle

  • Improve the spark to your engine. This way, the air and fuel mixture will be burnt better.

  • Reduce friction. Use high-quality or synthetic motor oil.

  • Check your oil! Low oil makes your engine work harder.

  • Change your filters. Dirty filters can sometimes increase the amount of fuel your vehicle is using by 10 percent.

  • Keep tires properly inflated and aligned. Check regularly to ensure your wheels are fully inflated and your alignment is good.

  • Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks. A lot can go wrong with a car. Worn spark plugs or transmission problems can also contribute to poor gas mileage.