Tips to Get Better Gas Mileage
Although gas prices have dropped, it is still not cheap to fill up a gas tank. There are gas-saving methods that can be used to save money at the pump. Becoming cognizant of these proven techniques helps a driver enjoy his or her vehicle without worrying about cost. How and where one drives are important factors when it comes to gas savings, and so is whether or not a vehicle is being driven with performance in mind.
Keeping a vehicle in top shape from the tires to filters helps ensure that it will get better gas mileage. Taking time to make small adjustments will enhance the car’s fuel consumption.
Fine Tune Your Vehicle
Getting the best mileage possible from fuel is one way to decrease the money a driver spends for gas. One tried but true method is to make sure the tires are adequately inflated. If the tires are underinflated, the mileage will suffer. In fact, for each psi deflation in all tires taken together, the vehicle will experience lower gas mileage by about three percent or roughly six cents per gallon. That adds up in the long run. Overinflated tires don’t help improve mileage either.
The type of motor oil used is another consideration. Using the manufacturer’s recommended motor oil helps the driver get more mileage from a gallon of gas. For instance, if the requirement is for 5W-30 and 5W-20 is used, the result might lower mileage of up to two percent. This can add up to four cents per gallon. In addition, it is important to buy motor oil with additives that are friction free. This type of motor oil will say “energy conserving” on the label.
Motor oil keeps a car working efficiently. With time, motor oil breaks down, and its viscosity and lubricating ability fail. When that happens, gas mileage decreases. Changing the motor oil on time makes a gallon of gas go further. In addition, old motor oil produces sludge that keeps heat in the engine by preventing heat transfer. This hampers the vehicle’s mileage. Check oil filters too.
Doing regular engine tune-ups helps mileage. Tune-ups can save up to 4 percent at the pump. Make sure to check air filters since a dirty one can cause a vehicle to lose up to 14 percent in fuel efficiency.
The Way One Drives Affects Mileage
Driving like a jackrabbit with quick starts and abrupt stops may not be the way to go. Fuel consumption is increased, and a driver can lose a considerable amount of the expected miles per gallon of gasoline.
Highway mileage can be decreased by almost 33 percent, and mileage about town can lose about 5 percent. Translated into expected money spent on gasoline, the driver is paying anywhere from 6 cents to 21 cents more per gallon. Cruise control is an effective way of maintaining a constant speed. In addition, devices that provide driver feedback also have been found to help.
Speeding is another problem. The faster a vehicle goes, the more fuel is used. For instance, comparing a vehicle traveling at 70 mph to one traveling 80 mph, the vehicle traveling at a higher speed uses about 10 percent more fuel. If the vehicle gets 22 miles per gallon at 55 mph, it will only get 16.9 mpg at 75 mph. This means the owner could lose hundreds of dollars at the fuel pump each year.
Weight and Add-ons Can Hurt at the Gas Pump
The amount of weight a motor vehicle is pulling can make a big difference at the gas pump. It makes sense that a heavier vehicle takes more energy to move. Gas is what provides the energy.
There a few time-honored tips that can help. It is important to carry only what is needed. If a toolbox in the trunk is not needed, leave it at home. That goes for weights or golf clubs too. For example, every 100 pounds over the car’s weight reduces the mileage by one percent. Smaller vehicles are generally affected more than larger, heavier ones.
Roof cargo carriers that are commonly used for travel can take a toll on gas mileage. These bulky roof units increase wind resistance to such a degree that it might cost anywhere from up to eight percent more in city travel. That figure can reach from 17 percent to 25 percent on highways. Using a rear-mounted hauler helps save on gasoline.
STA-BIL 360°® Performance Changes the Game
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Using STA-BIL 360°® Performance helps engine performance by removing gum, varnish and built-up carbons, making the fuel burn better. In addition, cleaning harmful build-up from the injectors and combustion chamber keeps the fuel system clean and promotes fuel economy.
Adapting for Weather Extremes Helps
Cold weather driving has a large impact on fuel economy. A vehicle needs to reach a certain temperature to be fuel efficient, and 20 degrees is not it. However, trying to warm the car up ahead of time does not help either since idling wastes gas. The density of cold air also works against gas saving since it compromises aerodynamic drag coefficients. In addition, the tires work less effectively on icy roads, and traveling at reduced speeds lessens fuel efficiency.
Hot weather can be a boon to fuel consumption, since warm air makes the engine to warm to peak efficiency. In addition, additives to summer gasoline make expected miles per gallon higher. However, using the air conditioner in the vehicle saps mileage by about 25 percent. If a motorist drives a hybrid, expect even higher mileage loss. If the occupants of the vehicle are thinking of rolling the windows down, think again. This changes the aerodynamic function and can rob mileage too. To accommodate this, use the air at higher speeds, and open the windows at lower ones.
There are things that can be done to save on fuel consumption and improve a vehicle’s gas mileage. Knowing what will end up costing more at the fuel pump and avoiding it as much as possible is important. Maintaining a car or truck and watching tire pressure saves money on gas and helps ensures the vehicle will last longer. Using STA-BIL 360°® Performance by Gold Eagle helps keep corrosion from building up and cleans the fuel system to increase fuel efficiency and power.