Thursday, 24 October 2013

How To Maximize Your Gas Mileage

How To Maximize Your Gas Mileage

Being a car owner can be an expensive business – especially nowadays. But there are a few simple changes you can make to keep your gas costs down, saving you quite a bit of money in the long term.

Before we start it’s worth noting that you should check out to sell a used car. It allows you to value the price of your car and uses a calculator that takes into account your gas mileage.

Don’t drive with excess weight
Just 100 pounds of extra weight in your car could reduce your MPG return by as much as two per cent. Take all the stuff you won’t be needing for this particular journey out of your trunk to immediately make a difference.

Watch your speed
Of course, speed limits are put in place to try and ensure safer driving, and you’re legally obliged to observe them. But also bear in mind that driving faster will eat up gas much more quickly, so watch your speed at all times.

Check your oil
Keep your oil topped up to the correct level to keep thing’s running smoothly; if it’s turned black, it’s time to change it.

Change your air filter
Your car’s air filter can quickly become dirty and clogged. Get into the habit of taking a look at yours every time you check your oil, and replace on an annual basis.

Adjust your driving style
Driving aggressively isn’t just bad for your stress levels; it also has an effect on the amount of gas you use. Try to avoid accelerating rapidly and then suddenly braking. Wherever possible, slow and steady is always your best option.

Keep tires at the right pressure
You’d be surprised what a difference your tires can make to how much gas you use... Make sure they’re kept inflated to the pressure recommended in the owner’s manual by regularly topping up; your tires will also last longer if you stay on top of this, too.

Buy your gas at the right time
Gas is densest during the cooler times of day, so try and fill up in the morning or evening. Also, try not to let your tank run so low that you’re forced to go with the nearest gas station (which might be overpriced compared to the one that’s just a little further down the road).

Avoid idling
Keeping the engine running when your car’s at a standstill is pretty wasteful. If you’re stuck in gridlock traffic or have to come to a stop for a while for whatever reason, turn off. Likewise, don’t leave the car running for more than 45 seconds after start up before setting off.

Change spark plugs early
Don’t wait until you’re reached the 100,000 mile limit before you change your 100,000 mile spark plugs… Problems will often start occurring during those final 20,000 miles, so replace early.

Avoid rough roads
Sometimes there’s no alternative, but driving over rough terrain can use up to 30% more fuel; find an alternative route if you can.

Think about changing your car
It’s a last resort but, if you’ve opted for a ‘gas guzzler’ but find you can’t keep up with the running costs, then it might be time to consider selling iton and buying a more fuel efficient car.

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