Five Tips to Improve Your Car's Fuel Economy

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Unpredictable increases in gas prices can often make or break the bank if you have to budget around your car’s fuel economy. But there are things that you can do to improve the gas mileage in your vehicle.

The U.S. Department of Energy offers the following tips to improve your car’s fuel economy:


  1. Drive more efficiently. According to fueleconomy.gov, aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Try not to speed, aggressively brake or accelerate rapidly.

  2. Remove excess weight. Keep unnecessary items out of your vehicle. Every 100 pounds in your car can reduce your MPG by 2 percent, the site says.

  3. Avoid excessive idling. Depending on your vehicle’s engine and air conditioning use, idling can use a quarter to a half-gallon of fuel per hour.

  4. Use cruise control. Using cruise control has been shown to save gas by helping the car maintain a constant speed.

  5. Use overdrive gears. When you use overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes down, which saves gas and reduces engine wear.


For more tips about maintenance on your vehicle, see more article from Price My Auto.