Increase Gas mileage - Auto Auction of BaltimoreWe have all heard people ask the question, “How much gas mileage does your car get?” This seems to be a more prevalent concern in today’s economy. Luckily, even if we end up with a car that doesn’t give us as good as gas mileage as we had hoped, there are ways that we can increase it ourselves. Some of the tips below will explain both driving habits we can change, as well as the service habits in order to obtain more gas mileage.

Driving Habits that Increase Gas Mileage

1. Consolidate your car rides. As opposed to taking several ventures a day whether it be to the grocery store, to a friends house or to the bank, plan your day to be able to combine more errands. This will prevent your car from both driving further distances, as well as having gas wasted by a number of engine start-ups.

2. Put away that lead foot. When you increase your accelerations, this can use up more gas. Gradually increase your speed.

3. Don’t allow your engine to idle for too long. If you aren’t using your engine, such as at a long stop, (waiting for a train, waiting in a parking lot) turn off your engine.

4. Limit your heater in the winter. Using your heater during winter months can use a significant amount of gas. Wear an extra layer of clothing and limit that heater use.

5. Get rid of any extra weight in your car. The more weight you have in your car, the harder your engine has to work, which means the more gas you will use.

6. Use the Cruise Control whenever possible. Cruise control doesn’t have to be used just for long car trips, any opportunity for you to use it can help keep your car at a consistent speed which will take up less fuel.

7. Drive slower. This is a hard rule for all of us to follow, however when it comes to increasing gas mileage, this is the most important. Studies have shown that if you drive 55 mph as opposed to 65 mph, it will increase your fuel efficiency up to 15%.

Service Habits that Increase Gas Mileage 

1. Replace your spark plugs regularly. If you have your technician do this, it will allow your fuel to burn more efficiently.

2. Check your oil regularly. The lower your oil level, the harder your engine will have to work.

3. Check your air filter. Anytime you have a dirty air filter in your car, this will reduce the air intake which can then reduce your fuel efficiency up to 10%.

4. Keep your tires inflated properly. If your tires are either under or over inflated, you will place more stress on your engine.

5. Use a high-quality oil. If you opt for a high grade or synthetic oil to put in your car, it will help to reduce the engine friction which will then help to increase the gas mileage.

 

If you follow these driving and maintenance steps, you will experience a vast improvement in your gas mileage. This can mean a fuel efficiency difference of up to 30%!