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Mar 14, 2016

5 Tips For Improving Fuel Efficiency

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Fuel efficiency has become a major criteria for people purchasing new cars–not only does it mean saving money on gas, but fuel efficiency is an important way to reduce CO2 emissions. Many things affect a vehicle’s fuel efficiency, from the design of the vehicle to little things you can do yourself to improve it. We’ve outlined 5 tips for improving your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

Fuel Efficiency

Make sure your tires are inflated properly. Having enough air in your vehicle’s tires can help reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%. The tires on the average car lose somewhere around 1 pound per square inch of pressure per month and during the winter months, your tires will naturally lose pressure because of the change in air pressure and temperature. If you asked a mechanic, they would probably tell you to be checking the pressure in your tires at least monthly, if not weekly.

Have your engine tuned. Having your car’s engine properly tuned will not only optimize its performance in the power department, it has an enormous impact on its fuel efficiency. Taking care to ensure that you are keeping good quality spark plugs in your engine, doing regular oil changes and keeping the air filter clean will go a long way to improving your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

If you are looking to purchase a new car, go light. Weight is one of the biggest determinants of a vehicle’s fuel efficiency. There’s a reason those old muscle cars are terrible on fuel and cost an arm and a leg to run: they weigh a lot.

Even if you aren’t looking to buy a new car, you can cut excess weight from the one you already have by removing things like seats you don’t use, or heavy items you’ve been keeping in the trunk. For every one hundred pounds you add to or remove from your car, you typically lose or gain about 1-2% in fuel efficiency.

Select narrow tires. Obviously you need the tires that best suit your purposes, but if you are able to outfit your vehicle with the narrowest tires it and you can handle, it is a good idea to do so. Narrow tires are more aerodynamic and your vehicle will spend less time and fuel fighting drag.

Fill your gas tank to the optimal level. Not having enough fuel in your car’s tank will put stress on the fuel pump. Having too much gas in the tank will weigh your car down. Try to keep your car’s fuel tank at just about half-full and always at more than 1/4 full.

Practices that improve fuel efficiency don’t just save you money, but are also the responsible thing to do. In adopting these habits, you’re not reducing the strain on your wallet, but also decreasing your carbon footprint. The regular maintenance and tune-ups you are doing to ensure fuel efficiency will have the added benefit of helping to keep the rest of your car in good working order.

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