Great fuel economy and a brand new car is no longer mutually exclusive. Many of our used cars provide incredible fuel efficiency and with fluctuating gas prices and never ending bills this can be life saving. Imagine what you could do for yourself and your family with an extra $100 every month. Well if you just bought a great used car from us or are in the market, we want to help you maximize that precious fuel efficiency. Here is our list of the most effective strategies for improving gas mileage and adding a few extra 0’s to your bank account.
- Avoid High Speeds
Gas mileage decreases quickly any time you drive at speeds above 60 mph. Although it might be fun to push your used car to the limit it doesn’t bode well for your fuel efficiency. Which leads to the next point.
- Cruise Control
Maintaining a consistent speed on the highway is a great way to improve your used cars gas mileage, but FYI this only helps when driving on mostly flat roads.
- Do Not Accelerate/Brake Hard
Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% in the city. Avoiding braking and accelerating hard not only extends the life of your used car but it also can drastically improve your fuel efficiency.
- Keep Tires Inflated
When you drive with under inflated tires it’s like your used car has its parking brake stuck on, this is no bueno.
- Use A/C Sparingly
If your used cars air doesn’t work than you can skip to the next tip, however, if you have that luxury you may want to use it only when you have to as it harms your gas mileage.
- Avoid Additional Weight
Don’t carry around anymore in your used car than you have to. Traveling light is ideal, as each additional 50lbs of added weight results in a 1% reduction in fuel economy.
- Avoid Long Idles
You should not warm up your used car for more than 30 seconds. Do not let your used car set idling to heat up or cool down unless it’s completely necessary. Remember sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon.
- Service Vehicle Regularly
Not regularly changing the motor oil, air filters, and spark plugs can all lead to a significant decrease in the fuel economy of your used car. If you’re in the need of some maintenance on your used car we recommend Fix it Right Auto Repair. Check them out.
- Vehicle Gas Caps
About 20 percent of used cars have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year. Loose gas caps can result in a 2.0 mpg reduction in fuel efficiency so make sure you’ve got a functional one and that it’s secure.
- Do Not Top Off Your Fuel Tank
Topping off your fuel tank can saturate the emissions system with fuel, and could cause a fuel spill when the fuel warms up. When the fuel nozzle clicks off, the tank is full, don’t add anymore fuel or round up the dollar amount on the fuel pump.