Here are 5 simple and proven things you can start doing
today to help you get a minimum of 10% better mileage from your vehicle.
- Always buy fuel at the coolest times of day. Early in the morning
or late evening are your best bets. Fuel expands and contracts based
on temperature. Simply put, it takes less fuel to fill up during the
coolest time of day than it does the hottest.
- Be sure you have the proper air pressure in your tyres. This is very
important. The less pressure in your tyres, the more friction your tyres
create on the road. This also means your engine has to work harder to
maintain your desired speed when driving. Your tyres lose a little pressure
every day. So, over the course of several weeks, your pressure could
be off significantly thereby costing you valuable mileage. When added
up over the course of a year, you could be looking at a savings of few
hundred pounds just by maintaining proper air pressure!
- Dirty spark plugs, a dirty air filter or a clogged fuel filter will
all have a direct impact on your mileage. Have all of these checked
every time you go in for an oil change and have them changed if necessary.
Replacing a dirty air filter alone can improve your mileage by as much
as 10%. At today's prices, that's a savings of over 11p per litre or
50p per gallon, or around £150 per year!
- Slow it down a little. Did you know that cars get about 21% more
mileage at 55 mph than at 70 mph! It's true.
- Remove any excess weight from your boot. Heavier vehicles require
more energy to move, so carrying around excess weight will also affect
your mileage. Empty out your boot (or even your backseat) of unnecessary
items. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk will reduce your fuel mileage
by 1 to 2 percent in the typical vehicle. If you have a roof rack, only
use it whenever you need it. Not only does a roof rack add extra weight,
but it also increases the aerodynamic drag on your vehicle.
We hope these simple and proven fuel-saving tips will
help you get every mile possible from your car. And at todays prices,
we know every little bit can help.
Feel free to pass these tips along to your friends and