12 Proven Tips for Improving Gas Mileage
· KEEP YOUR ENGINE TUNED UP - Incorrect fuel ratio, bad spark plugs or spark plug wires can have a big effect on gas mileage.
· USE YOUR AIR CONDITIONER LESS - Use this feature only when you really need it. The A/C compressor puts an extra strain on the engine.
· PROPERLY INFLATE YOUR TIRES - Under-inflated tires cause more resistance to travel.
· AVOID STOP AND GO TRAFFIC - Try taking alternative routes or traveling at less congested times.
· KNOW HOW YOUR CAR OR TRUCK SHOULD PERFORM AND COMPARE - Ask other people with the same type of vehicle what gas mileage they get. This may alert you to a problem with your vehicle.
· USE QUALITY ENGINE OIL, PREFERABLY SYNTHETIC-BLEND OR FULL SYNTHETIC - Oil with friction reducing additives have been known to improve fuel economy.
· UNLOAD YOUR VEHICLE - Reduce the weight in your vehicle as much as possible.
· USE YOUR CRUISE CONTROL WHENEVER POSSIBLE - Avoid unnecessary acceleration and braking.
· KEEP YOUR HIGHWAY SPEED AT 55-60 MPH - This can increase your gas mileage by a large %, compared to driving 70-75 mph. (Yeah this one is tough).
· AVOID INCREASING SPEED WHEN CLIMBING HILLS - The engine is already fighting hard to overcome gravity.
· KEEP YOUR WINDOWS CLOSED - Open windows actually reduce gas mileage more than using your air conditioner.
· REMOVE ACCESSORIES CAUSING DRAG - Luggage racks, bike racks and other accessories can reduce your fuel economy.