As we all know, gas for your vehicle isn’t cheap and we all want to save gas! Between the 2 vehicles that my wife and I own, we spend about $300/month on gas! As expensive as it is, there are ways to maximize the gas mileage of your vehicle. Here are some tips, listed in no particular order, that I have implemented over the years.
- Check your tire pressure and make sure it’s filled up to it’s recommended air pressure. Tires with reduced air pressure increases the friction, thus increasing gas mileage.
- Accelerate SLOWLY and maintain your speed. This is probably the most significant way to save gas. Think about it, Work(force)= Mass * Acceleration. If you decrease your acceleration, you’ll decrease the “work/force” that your car has to output.
- With that same formula, you should reduce the mass of your car. If you have some stuff in your trunk that’s weighing your car down, get rid of it! No, keep the spare tire. :)
- Reduce your braking. Braking is highly inefficient and should be minimized. Yes, you should use your brakes to stop when you NEED to, but how about coasting into those red lights instead of braking hard before the line? Also, keeping a good distance between you and the car in front of you should help avoid sudden stops.
- Drive slower. Combustion engines have higher efficiencies at different speeds. According to this site, gas mileage usually decreases significantly above 60mph or 90km/h.
- Maintain your vehicle. Regular oil/filter and air filter changes are essential!
- Reduce your IDLE time. You wouldn’t think that idling would waste a lot of gas, but you’re running your engine at 0 mpg.
- Plan your routes to avoid stop and go traffic.
- Buy a fuel efficient vehicle. Hybrids seem to be the hype these days. In my opinion though, I like to wait until technology proves itself. So I’m going to recommend the gasoline based Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla/Yaris. Here is a list of most and least fuel efficient cars around.
Here is a video by MotorWeek that discusses maximizing your gas mileage.[wmv width=”320″ height=”240″]http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/videos/fef_small_wide.wmv[/wmv]