Fuel-Efficient Driving: 4 Tips for Improving Your Gas Mileage

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Fuel efficiency is at the front of many drivers’ minds, especially with fluctuating gas prices and the effect that gas-guzzlers are having on the environment. We’ve come up with the top four ways you can improve your car’s gas mileage and ensure that your vehicle is running at top efficiency, keeping both you and the world around you happy. Read on to see the top gas mileage tips, and how you can apply them to your daily life.

Remove Excess Weight

If you use your car for storage, this applies to you: The heavier the extra items in your car are, the more it’ll weigh it down, and the harder your engine works. If your engine is working harder than it needs to, your gas efficiency will drop, leading to high gas consumption. An extra 100 pounds can drop your mpg rating by about 1 percent, so it will benefit you in the long run to drop the extra weight, allowing your car to reach its maximum fuel efficiency.

Avoid Driving Aggressively

While you may be trying to get somewhere in a hurry, driving aggressively can seriously impact your fuel efficiency. Driving aggressively means slamming on the gas or brakes, which only reduces driving time by approximately 4 percent. If you drive more calmly and accelerate smoothly to reach high gears, you can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 40 percent, as well as reduce your toxic emissions over time. Saving that much gas can also pad your gas budget, which is as good a reason as any to drive less recklessly.

Use Cruise Control

Cruise control is a handy tool for long drives, where you don’t want to have to worry about regulating your speed. However, cruise control can also help you save gas on long road trips by keeping your speed steady at the most efficient gear possible. This is less ideal in hilly areas where your car will automatically work harder to go up hills because it’s trying to maintain a speed instead of keeping up the smooth acceleration. However, if you’re on a level road, cruise control will keep your fuel efficiency high and your speed consistent.

Cut Down on Idling

Idling in this sense refers to time you spend with your car on and running for more than a minute. Idling at lights won’t affect your gas efficiency too much, but leaving your car idling for long periods of time can have a surprisingly large effect on your mileage. If you turn your car off instead of letting it idle, you can save up to 19 percent. Plus, cutting down on your idle time can help save your battery and keep it running for longer, which is better for everyone’s budget.

Improving your gas mileage isn’t as difficult or complicated as it first may seem, and if you follow these four tips, you can end up saving yourself a lot on your gas budget, plus keep your engine in tip-top shape.

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