Gas mileage is often a source of dread for many car owners. As we mournfully watch the dollars and cents spin upwards on the pump, we say silent vows to drive more efficiently and with less of a lead foot in the future. Here we have compiled a few tips to help you drive safer, smarter, and farther.
Driving for Fuel Efficiency
- Follow the posted speed limit. Not only is this important for safety, but many cars achieve maximum efficiency around 45 to 60 mph. Driving the speed limit (or slightly below if it’s safe) will help your car run more efficiently and be friendly to your gas mileage.
- Avoid using roof racks. These attachments to your roof interfere with your car’s aerodynamics and increase drag, causing your car to work harder to maintain its speed.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. Only inflate them to the recommended pressure – any pressure above or below adds extra wear to your tires and your car. Properly inflated tires are important for safety and good gas mileage.
- Drive calmly. Passing other cars and weaving through traffic requires rapid acceleration and lots of braking – both of which reduce gas mileage. Calm driving helps maintain your mileage and protects you and other drivers.
Tune ups, inspections, and repairs are all a critical part of maintaining your vehicle and securing the gas mileage your car is made for. For expert car service, call us today at (630) 932-4427!