Make Your Car More Fuel Efficient
One of the most important things that governs a consumer’s choice of car is the fuel economy. As a car owner, unless you’re taking your vehicle in for constant maintenance, you’ll be spending the most money for your car on gas. And no one likes paying for gas. Wouldn’t you like to pay less and improve your gas mileage?
All vehicles come with a fuel economy which tells the driver how many miles per gallon the car can produce. It’s important to compare fuel economy between cars to find one that works along with a vehicle’s other features. Still, many drivers don’t realize that there are other ways to improve your car’s fuel economy all on your own. We here at J. Bertolet Volkswagen have done some digging and come up with some great ways for you to improve your car’s fuel economy.
Get Rid of Weight
Take a good look inside and outside your car. Is there anything on and in it that you don’t need? This can include things you have stored under your seats and in your trunk, and even attachments like a roof rack. Most importantly, if you have extra seats in your car that you normally don’t use you should remove them. Seats carry a lot of weight that will lighten up your car and can always be put back in later if you need them.
Check Tire Pressure
If your pressure is low then your car has to compensate for your bad tires, worsening the fuel economy.
Avoid Constant Braking and Rapid Acceleration
You should aim to drive more consistently. Instead of flooring the pedal to quickly ramp up your speed, take a few extra seconds to gently rise up. And instead of braking suddenly out of a high speed, take your foot off of the gas to gently slow down a bit before having to apply the brakes. Doing so doesn’t require anything extra of your engine, and therefore doesn’t use any additional gas. Cruise Control helps this immensely, taking out constant breaking and changes to the speed.
Change Your Oil, Air Filter, and Spark Plugs
All of these, if not replaced when needed, will put more pressure on your engine, worsening the fuel economy. Make sure to have them checked often.
When more pressure is put on your engine, it will eat up gas quicker. Now obviously, if you’re moving faster you’ll be using more gas, but it’s more than that. Your vehicle requires a LOT more power to overcome drag at high speeds. Try to never go over 40 in the city, and 70 on the highway if possible. The extra money saved on gas is worth the couple extra minutes it takes to get to your destination.
Have Windows Up and A/C Off
Open windows add air resistance, and A/C uses gas. Now, it’s not smart to be miserable during very hot weather, but, when you can bear it, you’ll save money on gas with your windows up and A/C off.
It’s always great to find new ways to save money. We hope we’ve been helpful in making your vehicle more fuel efficient. If you have any more questions or queries, please stop by or call us here at J. Bertolet Volkswagen. We’re here to help with all of your automotive needs.