Everyone wants to get the best possible gas mileage out of their vehicle, but we sometimes overlook the simple ways to squeeze every penny from our gas tanks. If you want to get started on your New Year’s resolution to spend less on fuel, here are some easy tricks you might be overlooking.
#1: Don’t “Warm Up” Your Car
If you’re going to go for a jog, you have to stretch in order to limber up your muscles. The same is not true for your car. Even if it’s freezing out, the only thing you’re achieving by letting your engine run is burning fuel while your car sits idle. If you’re going to go somewhere, get in and drive.
#2: Scheduled Maintenance is Your Friend
Cars last longer if you perform scheduled maintenance on them. Everything from proper tire filling and rotation to changing your oil every few thousand miles can have a big effect on how efficient your car is. So don’t put off maintenance; even something small can have a big effect.
#3: Drive When There’s No One In Your Way
Nothing eats away at your fuel economy faster than “stop and go” driving. It’s why your highway gas mileage is so much better than your in-town gas mileage. If you’re going on a trip, arrange it so you’re on the road when it’s empty.