How to Improve Your Gas Mileage
Gas prices have risen a great deal over the last couple of years. With that said, understanding how to improve your gas mileage can certainly help you save money and enjoy driving more. Surely, driving less will help you to reduce your gasoline costs, but that is not a truly practical solution. We all need to drive, whether for work or personal life, every day, and purchasing gasoline is necessary to get us where we need to go.
Improve Your Gas Mileage
There are a number of options to help you increase the mileage you get with a gallon of gas. The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin wants to share some helpful insight on how you can do just that.
- Accelerating and Braking – There is probably nothing that wastes more gas in your vehicle than constantly stepping on the brakes and then accelerating. It is important to avoid sudden accelerations. If you slow down your speed and travel at a consistent lower speed, you will be able to brake the vehicle easier and only when necessary. Travelling slower allows you to gradually apply your brakes rather than abruptly applying them and using a good deal of gas.
- Minimize run time – Another way to increase gas mileage is to minimize the amount of time that your vehicle sits and runs when warming it up or cooling it down. Even though your vehicle may be cold during the cold weather months or extremely hot during the scorching summer months, you can save on gas by turning the air conditioner or heat on when you begin your drive. Don’t leave it running in advance because this wastes gas.
- Lighten the load – Lightening the load your vehicle is carrying will absolutely contribute to lower gas consumption and help to increase your savings. Often times, people put heavy objects in the trunk of their cars, especially during the winter months to help with traction, and fail to remove them during the warmer weather. Be sure to remove any heavy objects and lighten the load in your trunk in your efforts to save on gasoline and increase mileage.
- Proper tire pressure – When the tires on your vehicle do not have adequate tire pressure, they can produce more of a drag against the road surface. When this happens the amount of gas used is increased. With that said, make certain your tires always have appropriate tire pressures. You should also have routine tune ups, change out filters regularly and have your wheels properly aligned. All will help to increase gas mileage and help you to save money.
- Wind resistance – We all love driving around with the windows down and the sunroof open but the truth is that the wind resistance increases the amount of gasoline you are using. If saving on gas is your goal, then this simple approach can help you do just that.
The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin is steadfast in meeting the individual needs of all our clients. We want our clients to understand that simple routine maintenance goes a long way not only for saving gas and money, but for extending the lifespan of your vehicle. Sharing this information with you will help you to save on the cost of gas while increasing your gas mileage. For all your automotive needs, put your trust into the hands of some of the absolute best in the industry. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin, we take tremendous pride in our high-quality products and services, our affordable prices and in helping our clients ensure the overall integrity and safety of their vehicles. We look forward to serving you and to keeping your vehicle up and running all year round.