Gas prices are at historic highs, approaching the all-time high price of $4.11 set in July 2008.
While we have to dig deeper into our pockets to fill our gas tanks, there are some things you can do to try and maximize your car’s fuel economy as much as possible.
the American Automobile Association says that the easiest and most effective way to improve your car’s fuel economy is to modify and change driving habits.
Many of us start our cars in cold weather to let them warm up before heading out, but AAA advises against this. To save fuel, start your car and let it run for about a minute, then drive away. Your car will warm up faster, saving your money rather than letting your car idle and wasting fuel.
Also try to avoid rapid acceleration and hard braking. These habits can reduce your car’s fuel economy by up to 30% at highway speeds and up to 40% in traffic.
Keep an eye on the speed limit, according to AAA. Fuel economy for most cars peaks at around 80 km/h and then decreases as your speed increases. Reducing your highway speed by 5-10 mph can increase your fuel economy by 7-14%.
It is also recommended to use your car’s cruise control to minimize speed fluctuations. However, make sure you are aware of road and weather conditions. Slippery roads can cause you to lose control of your car if you use cruise control in poor driving conditions.
Did you know that your car wastes half a gallon of gas per hour while idling? AAA advises drivers to avoid idling. Instead, if you’re supposed to be stopped for longer than a minute, turn off the car if it’s safe to do so.
It would be helpful if you also consider planning your trips to combine errands and find a convenient route to avoid excessive driving.
Maintenance of the car
Keeping up with your car’s maintenance could also have a significant impact on its fuel economy.
AAA suggests removing unnecessary items from your car, as 100 pounds of extra weight can reduce fuel economy by up to 1%.
Using the correct oil can also help increase your car’s fuel economy, as can using the correct type of gasoline. Check your car’s manual to see which type works best.
Proper tire inflation is also a good way to maximize your car’s fuel economy. Check inflation at least once a month, as improperly inflated tires can lead to more fuel consumption.
Avoiding roof racks can also be beneficial. Objects placed on the roof of your car will significantly increase drag, which will reduce your car’s fuel economy.
Parking in the shade during the hot months will also help. A hot car will cause drivers to use the air conditioner more, which wastes gas. Roll down the windows and turn off the air conditioning to save fuel.