There are several reasons why everyone wants to improve the mileage they get out of every gallon of gas they buy. Most just want the best value for their dollar, many want to reduce their carbon footprint. No matter what your reason, improving your gas mileage is easy and just takes a little time and effort.
Things you can do yourself:
- Keep your tires properly inflated and with the correct amount of tread so you have enough traction to transfer all the horsepower into actual movement. (Equivalent gasoline savings: up to $0.11 per gallon)
- Know your correct tire pressure by checking your user manual or the sticker on your driver’s side door jamb.
- Do the penny test on your tire tread to make sure it has enough traction to grip the roadway. Insert a penny upside down into the tread of your tire and if Abraham Lincoln’s hair is in the tire tread you are good to go.
- When fueling, don’t force it to add more fuel than the pump wants to. When the pump stops, don’t try to put more in. According to the EPA many fuel pumps are designed to suck vapors back into the pump. If you don’t leave some space for your fuel to expand, the vapors from the gas you already paid for goes back into the pump.
- Make sure your fuel cap is always secure and that it is properly fitted for your vehicle. This will prevent vapors from escaping.
- Drive more efficiently. (Equivalent gasoline savings: $0.18 to $1.20 per gallon)
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, every 5 miles per hour (mph) you drive over 50 mph can lower your gas mileage by 7% or more.
- You should also avoid aggressive driving (sudden stopping or speeding) or idling for long periods of time.
- Empty out that trunk of all unnecessary stuff. Keep your spare tire and tools in there of course, but you don’t need to be hauling around 200 pounds of emergency beach party equipment like chairs, tents, and coolers. Usually and extra towel and swimsuit will be good enough.
- Plan on combining errands. Making short stops many times during the day while your engine is already warmed up is much better than a short trip each day. A good example is filling up your car and stopping by the grocery store on your way home from work instead of making separate trips.
- When driving on the highway, use the cruise control whenever you can. This helps you maintain a constant speed and will often save you gas in the long run.
- Regularly maintain your vehicle. This is where we can help you. Some things you can do yourself, if you’re so inclined, but when your schedule doesn’t allow, we will be here for you.
Things Elite can help out with
- Regular tune ups (Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.15 a gallon)
- Changing worn out spark plugs keeps engine sparking when it should
- Checking your engines timing will ensure that the pistons are doing exactly what they need to be doing at the proper time so you get the most out of every ounce of fuel that is pumped into them.
- Replacing your fuel filter every two years or 30,000 miles.
- Regular oil changes (Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.04-$0.07 a gallon)
- Having clean oil means your engine and transmissions parts will move when they need to and with less resistance, which will maximize performance.
- Synthetic oils are designed to lubricate better and longer. They are also designed to withstand hotter and colder temperatures than conventional oil.
- 30 point inspections every time you get your oil changed
- This inspection checks your filters. Both your air and fuel filters need to be clean and in good order so that your engine is getting enough clean air into the combustion chambers so your clean fuel has the maximum effect when it is sparked
- Tires are checked.
- A/C is checked.
- There are many other items we check that you may not regularly see, like the steering and steering linkage, vacuum lines, and starting system. We have you covered!
Improving your gas mileage is simple to accomplish and usually only takes a few moments of your time. It will not only save you money, but also provide less of a stress on the planet. Working together we can make a difference!
*All fuel savings date is based on fueleconomy.gov and assumed fuel price of $3.63 a gallon.