Tips And Tricks
Raise your MPG
It’s great to have a newer car that gets really good gas mileage, but if you don’t have such a vehicle or would just like to spend less at the pump, here are a few tips to help you increase your miles per gallon:
- Hold your horses - For most cars, the optimum speed for fuel efficiency is about 55 miles per hour. If you’re racing down the highway at much higher speeds, you are wasting fuel and risking a ticket.
- Easy does it - In addition to not speeding, there’s no sense blasting off from red lights and stop signs as if you were in the Daytona 500. Nice and easy is better for your car and your gas mileage.
- Idle hands - Idling isn’t good for your car. There are times when you need to warm up your vehicle before heading out, but otherwise, it’s best to shut down and save gas.
- Handle the pressure - By keeping your tires in alignment and inflated to the correct pressure, you will use less gas.
- No excess baggage - You know that spare transmission you’re keeping in your trunk just in case? It’s hurting your gas mileage. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, leave the heavy stuff at home.
- Stay in tune - Regular tune-ups that check brake repairs, transmission repair and fluid, and replace spark plugs will help your car run more efficiently overall and lower your gas usage.