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Even though fuel prices may be pretty low right now, increasing the fuel mileage of your car is still a great way to save money. Here are some methods to spend less money on fuel by upping the efficiency of your car.
#1 - Change Your Oil
Change the oil in your vehicle on a regular basis and you will find a noticeable upsurge in gas mileage, and maybe even operation. Why? Oil reduces the amount of friction in the engine, and this allows it to run smoother. The quantity of wear and tear in the engine will also be reduced, which can also save you on repairs.
If you're looking to save money, change the oil yourself. If you've never done that before, get a friend or family member who understands how to show you, or take your car to a mechanic. It's vital that you make use of the proper viscosity (thickness) of oil. Your car manual will tell you the right oil for your car.
#2 - Remove Unnecessary Weight in The Car
Remove any heavy items that you've been driving around in the back seat or trunk of your car. The extra weight makes the engine work harder to accelerate and maintain speed, thus reducing fuel efficiency. Don't use your car as a "storage box" for things which you don't want in your house as you'll squander money. Additional passengers is also going to have an effect on the quantity of gas your vehicle uses.
#3 - Avoid Pulling Away Fast In Low Gears
It's tempting to pull away fast in low gears to beat the traffic when you have been put at a stop sign or traffic lights. But this driving habit is also bad for the engine and uses enormous levels of fuel compared to slow, constant acceleration. The quicker you accelerate, the more fuel you're going to make use of. You'll be able to save as much as 20% on your fuel prices by correcting your acceleration.
#4 - Check Your Engine's Air Filter.
When stagnating, a dirty filter will reduce fuel economy, or make the engine stall. The same as mowing grass that is dusty, the air filter will clog: prevent dust clouds.
#5- Buy the narrowest tires that meet the vehicle's requirements and your driving style.
Frontal area has less for narrow tire, so reducing the aerodynamic drag. Don't forget that a narrow tire has fewer grips (which is why race cars have such broad tires). Don't get a tire that's incompatible with your wheels or smaller width wheels than your vehicle was designed to drive with.
#6 - Go Easy on the Air Conditioning
Although power is used by all the electrical gadgets in your vehicle, the air conditioning takes a very large amount of energy. With that being said, when you're driving at highway speeds some studies have shown that the reduced air resistance of having your windows up with the air conditioning on is more gas efficient than driving with the windows down.
#7- Avoid traffic
This last suggestion is somewhat ridiculous, as no one in their right mind goes looking for traffic. But all the same nothing will destroy your fuel economy like driving in traffic. Planning ahead can sometimes allow you to avoid traffic even though it's a lot easier said than done.
You do not have to go out and buy a brand new fuel-efficient car to save on fuel. There's plenty you are able to do to improve your gas mileage, and using all these suggestions will allow you to conserve lots of cash - particularly in the event you drive a good deal or have several cars emptying your family's monthly budget.
And if you're looking to save even more money on your vehicle, let us give you a quote on your auto insurance. We save Florida drivers hundreds of dollars on their insurance every day! Give us a call at (407) 878-7979 or get a quote online.
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