Everyone is looking for ways to save a little extra these days. Even though gas prices might not be as high as normal, it doesn’t mean you can’t look for ways to save at the pump. Below, Inter-Tech Collision Center has compiled a list of five fuel efficiency tips to get more miles per gallon for less money at the pump.
Lighten Your Load
There are a few essentials that everyone should keep in their car — jumper cables, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and some emergency food and water is a good place to start. Your old gym bag and that collection of fast food bags in the back seat, however, do not make the cut. In fact, you’d probably be surprised by how much unnecessary stuff you have littered throughout your vehicle. Taking an afternoon to clean and vacuum your vehicle can cause a significant drop in its weight. Less weight means your engine doesn’t have to work as hard to keep it moving. If you can cut down the weight by 50 pounds, that can result in your vehicle becoming two percent more fuel-efficient.
Only Fill Up When You Have To
Since you’re probably driving less, you might be tempted to add less fuel to the tank. However, adding $10 here and $20 there is actually doing more damage than good.
Waiting until you have got a quarter tank left to fill your car gives you the opportunity to compare and find the best price on gas in your area. Plus, a half-empty tank means less weight your engine has to work to move. Filling up once every two weeks or so also means you’re not having to make direct trips to the gas station.
Change the Air Filter
Air filters protect your vehicle’s engine from debris while still allowing it to get the ventilation it needs to keep it cool. While newer models are able to compensate for a dirty filter by adjusting air pathways with an onboard computer, older engines need to be examined on a semi-regular basis. Changing out your filter every 15,000 to 20,000 miles keeps contaminants from clogging up your car’s ventilation system and means your engine won’t have to work as hard to accelerate. No longer will you have to stomp on the pedal to accelerate.
Keep Yourself Grounded
Grounding wires can be used to reinforce your vehicle’s electrical system. Similar to your air filter, when wires fray and wear out, the transfer of energy in your vehicle becomes slower. As a result, your engine and battery have to work harder. Adding grounding wires slows this process.
We’ve discussed in the past how tire pressure can make a huge difference in how well your vehicle is able to handle the road. Inflating them up to the correct level can make your vehicle nearly three percent more fuel-efficient. If you’re in the market for new tires, consider the low rolling resistance variety. Rolling resistance is the energy lost from drag and friction of a tire rolling over a surface. Low rolling resistance tires are designed to reduce the energy loss as a tire rolls, decreasing the required rolling effort — and in the case of automotive applications, improving vehicle fuel efficiency as approximately up to 15 percent.
For more tips on making your vehicle more fuel-efficient, or to set up a time to bring your vehicle in, contact Inter-Tech Collision Center today at 402-898-8900.