Four Clever Ways to Improve Gas Mileage

Four Clever Ways to Improve Gas Mileage

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.

Reduce Drag

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.

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