If you are like a lot of people, then you often find yourself in a rush to get to your destination. However, you will end up saving a lot of money on gas in the long run if you drive slower. Driving fast uses more gas. In fact, you can reduce your fuel economy by up to 33 percent by speeding. You may want to consider leaving the house a few minutes early so that you can still get to your destination on time.
Shut Off your Vehicle
You should consider turning off your vehicle the next time that you are waiting for a train to pass or stuck on traffic. As long as your car is on, it will continue to use gas. If you will be waiting for more than sixty seconds, then it is a good idea to turn off your car.
Get Oil Changes Regularly
Regular oil changes are essential for maintaining your vehicle. They also help increase your fuel economy. Auto experts disagree on how often cars need to get an oil change. Some people say that cars need to get their oil changed every 3,000 miles while others believe that vehicles need to get their oil changed every 7,500 miles.
If your car is in need of an oil change, then you will probably notice a couple of signs. Most cars today have a warning light on the dashboard to indicate that oil level is low. If you have noticed that the oil is dirty, then it will need to be replaced. An unusual sound coming from the vehicle is also a common sign that the oil needs to be replaced.
When you get your oil changed, you should ask the mechanic to replace your air filter. A dirty air filter can also decrease your miles per gallon. Replacing your air filter and getting your oil changed can increase your fuel economy by up to 10 percent.
Clean Out your Trunk
It may be time for you to clean out your trunk. Excess weight is another thing that can decrease your fuel economy. In fact, 100 pounds of extra weight can reduce your fuel economy by two percent.
There is not much that can be done to stop gas prices from increasing, but you can save a lot of money by increasing your fuel economy. Driving slower, getting oil changes regularly and cleaning out your trunk will help you get more miles per gallon. You may also want to consider turning off your vehicle if you will be waiting for a long period of time.