You don’t have to tell a performance car owner just how expensive
gas has gotten—they’re well aware already, especially if that
car is also their daily driver. To save money, many drivers will resort
to some fairly bizarre and often completely-ineffective techniques that
they think increase their fuel efficiency. If you’re looking for
some ways to save money, you don’t have to resort to these methods;
in fact, saving gas is easier than you might think. Here are a few simple
ways to get more MPG and visit the pump less.
Watch Your RPMs
A lot of people like to suggest that speed influences fuel efficiency.
They’re not entirely wrong, mostly because drivers who speed also
have a tendency to unleash their engine and stamp down on the pedal to
get up to their cruising velocity. While it’s awesome to hear your
engine roar while it unleashes all of its ponies, it’s also guzzling
your gas when it does, so shifting early to prevent engine over-rev and
keeping your RPMs at a comfortable level are both ways to save a good
amount of gas.
Does your car have a roof rack? What about a massive spoiler? Unfortunately,
both of these things add a considerable amount of drag to your car, which
prevents it from rolling further and makes it have to work harder to maintain
a certain speed. It’s not uncommon for these things to cut anywhere
from three to even as much as five miles per gallon off your fuel efficiency
numbers, so think twice before adding one of these features.
Check Your Tire Pressures
The recommended tire pressures will influence more than just the longevity
of your tires: they’ll also have an impact on your fuel economy.
Tires that are too low actually increase the rolling resistance on your
car. Higher rolling resistance means your car needs more horsepower to
overcome the forces holding it back, and that means you’ll have
to spend more gas and wear out your engine faster just to continue to
drive at the proper speed. Check your tire pressures regularly and re-fill
them as needed.
Keep Up On Your Maintenance
When was the last time you changed your oil? What about swapped out your
spark plugs? Replaced your dirty air filter? All of these things could
have an impact on your fuel efficiency. Oil that is dirty and has been
through several cycles has resistance-causing grime and dirt in it which
slows your pistons down and reduces your horsepower. Old spark plugs fire
less effectively, causing smaller explosions and wasted gas, and a dirty
air filter creates a richer mixture, which leads to a lot of gas being
burned without a lot of air to make a bigger explosion.
Increase your fuel efficiency, ask the Katy high performance automotive
experts from HP Motorsports about other performance modifications that
can help you!
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