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Easy Steps to Achieve Better Gas Mileage

Posted on 20 January 2018 by admin (0)

FuelThe cost of fuel is not something that puts a smile on the faces of car owners. Whether you are driving a bus, saloon car, limousine or truck, you want to have the best economy for fuel.  Today, it is spiraling upwards every other day. Therefore, there is a need to control the fuel consumption of your vehicle to save money. The following are several tips that you can use to achieve a better gas mileage.

Measure your gas mileage

This should be the first step that you should consider to achieve a better mileage. Even though this process seems obvious, it is worth noting that most car owners do not know how to measure the average gas mileage of their vehicles. For this reason, they cannot tell how much fuel is consumed by their vehicles; hence, they end up spending so much money that could be avoided if they knew their gas mileage. Modern cars are fitted with mpg readout where you can note how the fuel is being consumed. It also provides a warning when the gas is almost getting exhausted. The best way is to fill the tank of your vehicle and monitor how long it will take to use it up. Repeat the procedure for about four times and find the average gas mileage.

If it is possible, change octane

There is a general habit for car owners to drive around with medium gas in the tank when this is not even necessary. Remember, if the instruction in your owner’s manual is ‘regular’, do exactly that. The act of using premium or mid-grade gas is just a waste of money. The only exception to this aspect is when your engine is of a high compression nature that can easily be detonated through pinking or pinging. In this case, you can use high-octane petrol. Therefore, your car will operate efficiently with the cheapest petrol you can afford. This will help you save a significant amount of money on gas.

Check your tire pressure

Technically, deflated tires tend to cause more resistance in the movement of your vehicle. For this reason, the car ends up consuming more oil than it should have. Therefore, do not allow your vehicle to run on flat or inadequately inflated tires. The gas mileage will consequently be down with inflated tires because the rolling resistance on the road has significantly been reduced. The owner’s manual can be a useful tool to explain car check up on the tire pressure. Therefore, always ensure that they are up to the recommended standards as indicated in the owner’s manual.

Consider changing your air filter

Air filterYour engine is protected from dirt and dust by the air filter that absorbs these particles from the road. If the filter does not function as expected due to clogging, the engine will find it hard to operate in normal condition. This means that it could draw more fuel from the tank because of the difficulties experienced in sucking the air through the filter. This reduced air flow will most likely be compensated by a richened up mixture of petrol in an attempt to continue operating smoothly. Typically, even though your owner’s manual will determine when you should replace your air filter, it is advisable that you change it at least one per year especially if you normally drive on a rough road with more dust.

 

Change your oil

Your engine oil is one of the most important elements you have to check on to ensure that your car operates smoothly. It is the heartbeat of your engine. If the oil is exhausted, the engine dries up due to lack of enough lubrication. Some of its parts start wearing out due to increased friction caused by the uncontrolled collision. The ultimate consequence will most likely be reduced efficiency and increased fuel consumption.

Avoid carrying excess weight

It is important to ensure that you do not put extra weight on the rear axle of your car that could adversely affect how your front wheels produce an effective grip. Ideally, try as much as possible to remove any junk that is in your car’s trunk. Do not develop a habit of carrying bulky items that can increase the rate of consumption of the vehicle due to the increased work given to the engine.