The present state of the economy and the increased price of gas has put some strain in our pockets. Most people travel to work or have to run several errands during the day; the consumption of gas is certainly an issue and most people want to know how to obtain better fuel economy and save on gas. One of the easiest things a driver can do to save on gas is to drive mindfully. This means to drive at the required speed, and avoid accelerating hard and fast at traffic lights. Although must new models have sensible computerized systems, which require special software to calibrate systems so cars perform at optimum level, there are a few common sense things that people can do to at home, to maintain their cars in top shape and save on gas. Depending on the type of model, you might be able to do more or less. Usually the car manual will show the items that you can do yourself. Follow your car’s manual instructions to do some of the job safely and properly.
Another way to obtain better fuel economy is by performing the necessary maintenance schedule in your car. The car owner’s manual shows when you have to perform certain maintenance jobs. One of the surest ways to save on gas/mileage is to maintain your car by changing the oil and using the correct oil recommended for your car. Another way to improve performance is by rotating the tires and keeping your tires at the proper air levels recommended in the car manual.
Keeping up maintenance is crucial for your car’s best performance and that just translate into better fuel economy. Changing the oil and air filters is important as well. These are things that drivers can do on their own by following the car maker’s recommendations. Reducing car strain is the goal.
When cruising in the highway take advantage of your cruise control. This will keep your car running steady at the set mileage and will save gas in the long run. Avoid running the air conditioning if the weather is cool enough; roll down the windows instead and let the breeze in. Open the back windows a bit too so airflow is even, helping aerodynamics.
Most cars today are designed with fuel economy in mind, however if you can, opt for a hybrid when it is time to trade in your current vehicle. Many people make the mistake of putting the wrong type of gas in their cars. They assume that premium gas is better gas. This is not necessarily the truth. The difference is in octane and how the car’s internal fuel system was built to perform. People assume that new models automatically will take premium gas. A quick look at the recommended gas in the owner’s manual will show the type of gas that the vehicle’s system requires to perform at top capacity. Putting premium gas in a vehicle that was built to use regular unleaded gas will make the vehicle perform at less capacity and will result in long-term damage to the system.
Many times, we have a large amount of items in the car, which translates in excess daily weight. Keeping the car clean and removing items that are not needed will give you better gas mileage as the car will not be carrying extra weight.
Although some of the work a person might not be able to perform themselves, they can be proactive in taking a good assessment of the condition of the car under the hood. Are there any leaks, loose or worn hoses, belts, and other areas where you can see cracks and possible future repair issues? If this is the case take care of it as soon as you can, it will save you money in the end. Always refer to the Owner’s Manual for guidance in DIY jobs.