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Improve Fuel Efficiency Of Your Car: 7 Gas-Saving Tips

Every motorist knows about the never-ending rise of gas prices. Based on the data submitted by Energy Information Administration, the average price for a gallon of regular fuel in mid-January 2009 was $1.83. In 2012, the average price has exceeded $4.00 in certain states.

With the increasing gas prices, motorists should be smart about how they consume fuel and how to save on costs. Gas-saving does not only involve finding the cheapest fuel price in the market. As a car owner, you should find ways to make your car more fuel efficient and make sure that the gas you consumed is worth every penny.

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Improve The Efficiency Of Your Car

Keep Your Tires Inflated: This will improve your car’s fuel efficiency by up to 3%. If your tire pressure is lower than recommended, it will increase the drag on your car. This means that your vehicle will use more fuel to run. Therefore, you need to regularly check the tire pressure before taking your vehicle out.

Turn Off Air Conditioner At Low Speeds: This will improve efficiency by up to 8%. You need to understand that air conditioning systems use a lot of fuel. It is recommended to drive with the windows down, especially when the weather is not to hot or humid. Turn off your air conditioning system and drive at a slower speed. If you are driving at a higher speed, it is best to use the AC system and keep the windows up to avoid wind resistance.

Regular Car Maintenance: Proper car maintenance is crucial. According to Avenue Wheel Shop, regular routine maintenance will check and maintain the life of your vehicle; therefore, it ensures that your car is running at tiptop shape. If something goes wrong with your vehicle, it will not only put you in danger while on the road, it will also consume more fuel when used.

Don’t Fill Up Your Gas Tank: Fuel is heavy; therefore, if you fill up the vehicle it will run on a heavier weight. You need to understand that the less fuel you have in your car, the higher its efficiency. As a tip, fill up the tank with enough fuel- putting less in will make your car run more efficiently. However, do not run the fuel too low, especially during winter.

Drive Efficiently

Do not Over-Rev Your Vehicle: When driving your vehicle, accelerate gradually. You should always remember that the more you put your foot on the accelerator and the harder you press, the more fuel your car consumes. You should know that you can reach the same speed using less power. As a rule of thumb, you should stay under 3,000 revs.

Slow Down: Driving at 65mph will use about 20% more gas than driving at 55mph. With that said, if you are driving on a highway, you should use cruise control to save on fuel. In addition, it is also advisable to slow down naturally instead of using your brakes all the time. Let your car slow down natural and use its stored momentum to lower fuel consumption.

Drive In The Right Gear: If you are using an automatic vehicle, disable the overdrive when driving at low speeds. If you have a manual car, you should shift to the next gear as soon as you see the upshift light glows. Use downshift when going down hills. This will slow down your engine and turn off the fuel injection. Lastly, avoid using the four-wheel drive feature of your vehicle when it is unnecessary.

Kris Bennette is a financial adviser and blogger who offers money-saving tips and tricks.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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