Summer is on the way and gas prices are already on the rise. If you are planning to go on a summer vacation then you should start taking a hard look at your gas mileage. Having good gas mileage is always beneficial but you will never truly notice the difference until you go on a vacation or road trip. The savings can really add up and make or break your trip.
Regardless of what kind of gas mileage that you are getting now, there are always a few things that you can do to improve it. The following is a list of 5 tips that will make a major difference in your vehicle’s gas mileage:
- Cut the dead weight. The less weight you have on your vehicle, the less gas it will take to move it. So make sure you clean out your car before your vacation and you will improve fuel consumption by two percent for every hundred pounds trimmed.
- Someone turn on a fan. Running you’re air conditioning all the time will use up a lot of gas but having all of your windows open can increase drag, which does the same. Try using your fan on high speed instead and it can save your fuel consumption by between four and eight percent.
- Bigger isn’t better. A lot of people like using large, wide tires but they generate a lot of friction and heat. This leads to increased fuel consumption. If you can run smaller, lighter tires on your vehicle then you can increase your gas mileage.
- Time to check the oil. If you use oil with additives that decrease friction buildup then it will help your car to use up to twelve percent less gas.
- Resist the need for speed. If you can change the way that you drive your car then you will see up to a twenty five percent increase in gas mileage. All you have to do is stop rapidly accelerating and decelerating, avoid stop and go traffic and keep your lead foot off the gas pedal.