5 Simple Tips to Avoid Hefty Fuel Consumption By Your Vehicle

Published by Alen Glin on November 24th, 2018

Are you spending huge amounts for fuel of your vehicle? Here are some ideas that will help you save a huge chunk of that money, and also cut back on trips to the gas station.

Drive Sensibly

Aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking, wastes gas. To your surprise, it can lower your gas mileage by about 15% to 30% at highway speeds. Also, a recent study suggests that driver feedback can help the average driver improve fuel economy by about 3%.

Check the Speed Limit

Each vehicle touches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed. Usually, gas mileage decreases rapidly, at speeds above 50 mph. Observing the gas limit is a safer choice to avoid any wear and tear of your vehicle. Moreover, the vehicle gets older lately.

Avoid Loading Cargo on Vehicle’s Roof

Are you thinking of hauling cargo on the rood of the vehicle? It will increase aerodynamic drag (wind resistance) and lowers fuel economy. A large, blunt roof-top cargo box, can reduce fuel economy by around 2% to 8% while driving in the city, 6% to 17% on the highway, and 10% to 25% at inter-state driving speeds. But, rear-mount cargo boxes or trays reduce fuel economy by much less, and you can remove it when it’s not in use.

Remove Excess Weight

Avoid keeping useless heavy items in the vehicle. Some extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can really reduce your MPG by about 1%.5. The reduction depends on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight. All these weight reductions stated in cargo case and here, can also help you never fail for smog check in El Cajon.

Avoid Excessive Idling

Depending on engine size and air conditioner (AC) use, idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour. So, turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked as it only takes about 10 seconds to restart your vehicle.