How to Improve Gas Mileage and Save Money

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips & Tricks, Used Cars on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 11:37 am
How to Improve Gas Mileage and Save Money

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. 

Don't Speed to Save on Gas

Avoid Rapid Acceleration

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. 

Don’t Speed 

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. 

How to Keep Your Car Running Past 150,000 Miles!

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. 

2 Responses to “How to Improve Gas Mileage and Save Money”

  1. Adrian Vargas says:

    The price of gasoline is increasing day by day. For that reason, every operative wants to receive the most out of their every tank. A motorist should feel fortunate because modern-day speed machines are designed to perform fuel-efficiently. If you take additional measures, then your convertible will become more fuel-efficient. You have to ditch the clunker first. You need to drop the excess weight and make positive amendments in your driving habit in order to increase the gas mileage of your convertible. Staying up to date on the regular car care will allow your intermediary to perform in a fuel-efficient zone. If you want, you can contact a car professional- for safe and execution of the maintenance undertakings.

  2. Amy Zahirski says:

    Most car owners want to make their car more fuel efficient. They follow many ways. Among these ways some are shared by the author in this blog. We should drive consistently neither driving too fast nor too slow. We should change the engine oil timely. Replacement of air filter and spark plugs must be done at recommended intervals. If they are not replaced when required ,it will put pressure on the engine worsening the fuel economy. If the tire pressure is low, it affects the fuel economy of the vehicle. Therefore we should always maintain the tire pressure at proper level.

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