There’s nothing quite like turning your car on before you drive to work on a Monday morning and seeing that you forgot to get gas all weekend. Seeing the gauge approach empty strikes dread in all of us. With gas prices going up and commutes getting longer, we’re all starting to feel our belts tighten a bit too much.
Thankfully, there are some ways to keep your gas usage low. While one of the most common ways to save on gas is to drive less, that’s not an option for everyone. Some people have to make long commutes to town, especially those who live in rural areas.
Others have certain disabilities that make walking even short distances extremely uncomfortable. One way to save on your car’s gas bill is to make sure you’re getting the best mileage possible. Here are some changes you can make to improve the mileage of your car:
Check your air pressure. If you suddenly notice that it’s taking more gas to get from one place to the next, your tires may be to blame. Under-inflated tires mean your car has to work harder to move, thus increasing gas intake.
Plus, if you check your tires regularly, you’re less likely to have an unexpected flat, which is something that nobody wants to deal with. Check your tire pressure regularly, and more often when the seasons change, as changing weather can throw your tires out of whack.
Don’t drive recklessly. You’re not in a Vin Diesel movie. Driving on the road is all about safety, not speed. If you’re constantly speeding up and then slamming on the brakes, your car is wasting excess fuel.
Excessive changes in speed require more energy to work and end up ruining your mileage. Using your cruise control can keep your car steady and smooth.
You should always drive as though your grandmother is in the car- she doesn’t want you tearing through the streets like a madman, and neither does your gas tank.
Avoid traffic whenever possible. Admittedly, this one is easier said than done. Congested roads and standstill traffic are terrible for your fuel economy because your car is using so much energy by simply staying stationary. Alternative routes might mean a longer distance, but it’s still better for improving your gas mileage!
Lighten your load. The more something weighs, the harder it is to move. The harder something is to move, the more energy will be used. Using more fuel will quickly drain your car of its gas, causing you to get fewer miles per gallon.
Take some time and see what you can do to make your vehicle a bit lighter. This means finally cleaning out your backseat and getting rid of all the stuff that you don’t absolutely need. After reducing the weight of your car, you’ll have a car that’s both clean and more fuel-efficient. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!