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Aug 8, 2016

How To Improve Your Car’s Mileage

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Besides getting an electric vehicle or hybrid to get better mileage, you can also get a newer model of your car, as auto manufacturers are constantly discovering new ways to improve fuel efficiency, from increasing transmission gear ratios to making the vehicle lighter.

Improving Your Car’s Mileage

But beyond the type of vehicle you are driving, there are many other things you can do to improve your car’s mileage. Here are some tips to help you use fuel more efficiently:

On the Road – Your Driving Habits

Your driving habits can dramatically affect the fuel consumption of your vehicle. Some things to keep in mind include the following:

  • Avoid aggressive driving – Accelerating gently, anticipating traffic conditions, and avoiding “jackrabbit” starts and stops can boost gas mileage by about five per cent in urban driving.
  • Stay within speed limits – Fuel consumption increases dramatically at speeds over 96 kilometres per hour.
  • Turn the engine off – Unnecessary idling not only pollutes the air, but also wastes your fuel and money.
  • Reduce the weight of your car – Consider removing unnecessary weight from your car as an extra 100 pounds can result in a two per cent drop in fuel economy.
  • Avoid using the roof rack – This not only increases the car load, but also increases drag, which increases consumption by about five per cent.
  • Use cruise control and overdrive gears – These features are intended to improve fuel economy when driving on a highway.
  • Combine errands – Making multiple short trips where you start from a cold start consumes nearly twice as much fuel as driving the same distance when the engine is sufficiently warm.

Off the Road – The Car

Keeping your car in optimum condition ensures that there is no energy wastage, resulting in better mileage. Some things to consider include the following:

  • Keep your tires properly inflated – Check tire pressure at least once a month (preferably weekly) as proper inflation can reduce consumption by about three per cent.
  • Keep the engine tuned – Adhering to the manufacturer’s recommendations for tuning your engine can boost gas mileage by about four per cent. Changing the oil promptly, checking the spark plugs, and ensuring that the air filter is clean help to maximize engine power.
  • Change the filters – A dirty air filter reduces fuel economy and can, in some cases, cause the engine to stall when idling. So, change the air filter and the fuel filter as per the manufacturer’s recommended schedule.

Lastly, keep an eye on the RPMs (revolutions per minute) your engine is running at while driving to keep the engine at its sweet spot. If you notice that the engine is running at over 3,000 RPMs, you’re likely accelerating unnecessarily at a low gear. Try to keep the RPMs below 2,000 and not much over 2,700 when necessary.

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