Simple Ways to Improve the Fuel Efficiency of Your Vehicle

Simple Ways to Improve the Fuel Efficiency of Your Vehicle

There probably isn’t a person in America who doesn’t want to improve the fuel efficiency of their vehicle, especially now that it looks like gas prices are primed to spike up again. Does running the air conditioner or rolling down the windows when it gets hot help improve your miles per gallon? What about fuel grade choice at the pump – does this matter? Or are there more effective and simpler ways to improve fuel efficiency?

Consider these fuel saving tips when you find that your gas tank just isn’t getting as far as it needs to be:

  1. Tire inflation: Not only does driving on underinflated tires put you at risk of losing control of your vehicle, but it also drains your gas tank. Fuel efficiency is all about, well, efficiency. If you’re rolling around on lopsided, malformed tires, you just aren’t getting as much distance as you could be if they were properly inflated. Think about it this way: what’s more likely to roll down a hill, a round stone or an uneven piece of wood?
  2. Gas caps: You know that strong smell of petrol when you finish pumping your gas? That isn’t just a tough stench coming off the gasoline, some of itis the gasoline as it vaporizes into the air. If you have a cracked, loose, or missing gas cap, the gasoline in your tank can evaporate into the air and out your vehicle at an alarming rate, especially when the temperature rises.
  3. Spark plugs: There’s a lot of parts in your engine that make it work, and some of the most underappreciated pieces are the spark plugs. If these tiny contributors are dirty or worn out, they can misfire. Let this happen often enough and you’re lowering your vehicle’s performance and ultimately its fuel efficiency.
  4. Air filters: Would you like breathing in dust and grime? Of course not! So don’t let your car do that either. A dirty air filter essentially chokes your vehicle’s engine, causing less pure oxygen to burn per cycle and requiring more fuel to run than a system with a clean filter in place.

At HP Motorsports, our Katy high performance auto tuning specialists are all about creating great vehicles, and keeping them great. If you need any work done to improve your car’s fuel efficiency, we assuredly have a few solutions for you to choose from. Why not give us a call at 281.231.9950 today, hear about what we can do, and get a free estimate? We look forward to hearing from you.


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