5 Simple Tips to Increase Fuel EfficiencyIt seems like the New Year brought us higher gas prices. While we all would love to be driving a 40 plus miles per gallon hybrid, that just isn’t in the cards for many of us. Instead, we are going to hit on several major saboteurs of fuel efficiency. Your old car may be capable of getting many more miles per fill up if you address these issues.

Check Your Tire Pressure

One of the easiest, and most common, problems to fix is air pressure. Check your tires regularly to ensure you are staying on the mark. If you over-inflate your tires, your ride will by jarring and harder to control. When your tires are under-inflated more of the tread touches the road, meaning they wear differently than they were intended, and it takes more work to move them.

Clean out your Car

It’s so easy to throw items in your trunk and then forget about them for months. Take the time to clean out your car of everything that you don’t immediately need. The more weight in your car, the more fuel it takes to move it. Now is a good time to run your car through the car wash to ensure the undercarriage isn’t hiding extra pounds of mud.

Resist Being Idle

If you find yourself idling for significant periods of time, shut off your engine and save some gas. We define a significant amount of time as longer than a minute. So if you’re waiting to pick someone up or even in line for the drive thru, turn your car off and save some money.

Watch Your Speed

When driving, resist the urge to accelerate quickly or stop aggressively. This not only uses more gas, but it also creates more wear on your tires. The most fuel efficient speed is 55mph, so staying near that speed will increase your fuel efficiency. Take advantage of cruise control, the small automatic corrections will use less fuel.

Consolidate Your Trips

Be mindful of your driving habits. When running errands arrange your schedule to run the errands all at once and plan a path that minimizes the miles driven. This will eliminate excess driving.

With these simple tips you’ll  be surprised how much further one tank of gas can go.