How to Maximize Fuel Economy

Want to make sure that your car is at maximum fuel economy? Nobody likes filling up the tank and watching that price go up. Optimizing your car’s fuel economy is extremely important so that it will not only save you money, but it will make your car experience much better.

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  1. Avoid Idling
    1. Idling can use up a quarter to half a gallon of gas every hour. It only takes about 10 seconds worth of fuel to restart a car. If you find yourself stuck in traffic and believe that you will not be moving for more than a minute, turning your car off before proceeding will save more gas than you might think
  2. Observe the Speed Limit
    1. According to fueleconomy.gov every 5mph you drive over 50mph is comparable to paying an extra $0.20/gallon for gas. Reducing your highway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase your fuel economy by 7 to 14 percent. Curious on how much extra you’re paying per gallon? Click here to learn more.
  3. Sudden Acceleration/Braking
    1. A good habit to start saving fuel economy is to take ~5 seconds to reach 15mph from a stop. Sudden acceleration and/or braking can decrease your fuel economy as much as 40%. You can save up to $1.15 per gallon of gas by eliminating this.
  4. Sufficient Air in Tires
    1. Be sure to regularly check the air in your tires and make sure that they are within the optimal range for maximum fuel economy. Most tires have these readings on the side of them.
  5. A/C Usage
    1. When driving speeds under 40mph, enjoy the warm weather, open your windows, and turn off your A/C. This could increase your fuel economy up to 25%.
    2. When driving speeds over 55mph (i.e. Highway, Interstate, etc.) roll your windows up and use the A/C. The drag from open windows when driving faster can decrease the overall fuel economy.
  6. Using Cruise Control
    1. When you’re driving on the interstate, use cruise control to make sure that there isn’t too much fluctuation on the gas/brakes. A constant speed will increase overall economy.
  7. Remove Excess Weight (i.e. bike racks, storage, etc.
    1. Cargo racks can decrease fuel economy by up to 25% on the interstate and any excess weight (>100lbs) can decrease the fuel economy by 1%.
  8. Take Care of Your Car
    1. Different parts of your car such as the air filter, oil, spark plugs, etc. can decrease your car’s fuel economy. Don’t go too cheap on parts because it could bring up even more problems in the future!

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