Improve Gas Mileage, Fuel Efficiency, Auto MaintenanceAs someone who spends a lot of time in the car, I always look for money-saving car tips. Since inflation is getting out of hand, I’m on the lookout for ways to save money. I did some research and found several ways to increase fuel efficiency. Follow these money-saving car tips to improve gas mileage. You may need to perform some auto maintenance and alter a few driving habits, but I promise you will see cost savings in the future.

Consider How Driving Habits Improve Gas Mileage

It’s okay to admit that we all have driving habits. That’s not to say they are all inherently bad. Wearing a seat belt is an excellent driving habit to have. However, we should rethink unsafe or inefficient habits. I know change is hard. If it can improve gas mileage, reduce harmful emissions, and save money, consider the following tips.

Drive The Speed Limit = Better Fuel Efficiency

Speed limits improve road traffic safety by reducing casualties from both automobile and pedestrian collisions. They also reduce the impact of traffic noise and emissions on the environment. Equally important is the effect a speed limit has on fuel consumption. Fuel efficiency declines significantly at speeds over 50 mph. So, if you want to improve gas mileage in town and on the highway, stick to the posted speed limit whenever possible. Also, follow these additional tips:

Lighten The Load

We are all guilty of occasionally using our cars for short-term storage. Unfortunately, all that excess stuff adds unnecessary weight, contributing to poor gas mileage. Lighten the load and see an immediate improvement in your fuel efficiency.

  • Remove your roof rack.
  • Clean out the trunk.
  • Keep essential items (like an emergency kit, spare tire, etc.) and store non-essential items in your garage.

Use Open Windows & Air Conditioning Wisely

Driving with the windows down increases drag, reducing fuel efficiency. Using the air conditioning drains the engine, thus reducing fuel efficiency. It’s a classic Catch-22. So, what should you do when it is hot outside? A good rule of thumb to remember is that open windows are more efficient when driving at speeds under 35 mph. If driving over 35 mph, keep the windows closed and use the air conditioning at a low setting.

Myth Busting – Car Idle Times

A common myth is that all cars must warm up for 5 minutes (or more) during cold months. In reality, unless your car is a Classic (pre-1980) and equipped with a carburetor, there is no need to idle that long. Modern cars with electronic fuel injections do not require a long warm-up period. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, 30 seconds is considered optimal. Needless car idle times reduce gas mileage and increase greenhouse emissions.

Routine Auto Maintenance to Improve Gas Mileage

Routine auto maintenance is a great way to increase gas mileage. Your automobile is a complex machine with numerous parts requiring care. Many of these parts are directly related to fuel efficiency. Below are some of the top auto maintenance items to service regularly.

Tire Pressure

Tire pressure is sensitive to temperature changes. When the temperatures fall, you may notice that your tires look low. The indicator light may even be on your dashboard. Don’t ignore that light. Inspect your vehicle’s tires for signs of damage or slow leaks. Have them repaired or replaced if necessary. Also, check for low tire pressure monthly using a quality digital gauge. Check the door jam sticker or your owner’s manual for the recommended air pressure for your tires. Properly inflated tires improve traction, handling, and fuel economy.

Oil Change & Tune-up

Performing an oil change and tune-up has definite advantages for your gas mileage. It is an excellent way to prevent small issues from becoming big problems. Whether you DIY or bring your car to a service station, always use the factory-recommended parts and fluids. Choosing cheaper or alternative options may significantly lower your automobile’s performance and can be detrimental in the long term.

  • Use the correct oil weight and grade for your specific automobile type.
  • Replace dirty air filters as needed.
  • Inspect the gas cap seal. Evaporation can vastly reduce your mpg.
  • Use the correct fuel grade for your automobile.

Quality Service Station in San Diego

Wentworth Automotive is a family-run auto repair shop in San Diego, California, that has been in business since 1998. Our general-service auto shop prides itself on providing excellent customer service. Our technicians are ASE-certified and proficient in all the state-of-the-art equipment needed to diagnose and repair your car. We are your dealership alternative for gasoline, diesel, and hybrid vehicles. 

Schedule Your Service to Improve Gas Mileage

Visit our website or call us at (858) 541-1044 to schedule a time for your Auto Maintenance service. We look forward to hearing from you!