Ask Away...: Fuel Economy Saves Gas Money

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fuel Economy Saves Gas Money

The price of gas continues to climb while your income and dependency on your car stays the same. While finding ways to boost your income is never a bad idea, there are also ways you save money on your car and gas expenses, none of which involves carpooling or cycling to work.
Figure out your fuel economy
To work out how much you could improve your fuel economy, you need to know where it currently stands. This first step might be expensive, but you need to fill up the tank to the point where the pump cuts off. Make a note of the number of litres or gallons you put in, and the trip counter reading. Divide one by the other and you get either miles per gallon (mpg) or km per litre. Zero the trip counter again and keep a note of the mpg calculation. Once you’ve done this about five times, you can start to figure out your running average using an online mileage tracker. From this point, you can see how your mileage improves once you implement these gas-saving measures.
Lose some weight
A car with excessive luggage will add aerodynamic drag to your car. More drag means more power to overcome it, which means worse mpg. Unless you’re taking the whole family on a road trip, travel light whenever you can. Losing just 100 pounds of dead weight in the car can improve fuel economy by up to two percent.
Change your oil
You might be very good about changing your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but are you using the best oil for you car. Switching to synthetic oil will help you achieve greater gas mileage because 5w-20 oil is slicker than conventional oil, and therefore allow for smoother, cooler engine operation.Because of the better lubrication, there tends to be less friction within the engine, which causes the engine to run more efficiently. You’ll also get more miles with synthetic oil, because manufacturers only recommend changing it every 5,000 to 6,000 miles.
Under-inflated tires can reduce the tire life by 15 percent and will slightly decrease your gas mileage, perhaps by 10 percent. Checking your tire pressure every other time you get fuel will reduce tire wear and keep your car going for longer. Goodyear recommends changing tires every 3,000 to 6,000 miles, but you should check your owner’s manual to see if it suggests a different number. If you’re not sure how far 3,000 to 6,000 miles is, just change them every six months to be on the safe side. Some tire companies offer free rotations every 6,000 miles for the life of the tires when you buy their products.
Tune your engine
Those regular visits to the mechanic aren’t because you like throwing money at them; it’s because they know more about the engine than you do. A properly tuned engine maximizes power and can greatly enhance fuel efficiency.

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