Every time you drive, do you find yourself thinking, “This car used to have more power,” or, “I swear – my car used to get better fuel mileage than this!”
4 Tips to Maximizing Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency & Power Output:
Here are a few quick tips on how to make the most of out the gas you put in your car, and how to increase the power output of your vehicle’s engine.
Know Your Mileage (Accurately):
Are you sure you know how many miles per gallon your vehicle actually gets? It seems like it may be clear, but the truth is a lot of people don’t know how to accurately measure this. Thankfully, measuring your mpg is pretty easy. Once you figure this out, it’ll be much easier to tell if your efforts to increase your mileage are working or not.
Go Easy on That Right Pedal:
It is possible that part of the problem is you (that’s right – your driving style!). If you’re flooring it after stop signs or red lights, or when turning into corners, you are wasting a lot of fuel. In fact, your mileage can drop as much as 15% going from 70-80mph. So, calm down out there! Ease into the gas and try to maintain a steady speed as much as possible when driving.
Rolling resistance also plays a role in how much fuel your vehicle sucks up. Rolling resistance is controlled by the air pressure in your tires; this means you have some control over the resistance by inflating and deflating your tires. Low tire pressure = increased resistance; however, high tire pressure leads to poor braking force and poor shock absorption. There is a manufacturer’s recommendation for tire pressure on your tires for a reason. So, be sure to test that every now and again to make sure the pressure is in the right place.
Perform Proper Vehicle Maintenance:
Old spark plugs, dirty air filters and oil filters also contribute to decreased fuel mileage. It is important to take your vehicle in for a tune up and have the oil changed regularly (or do it yourself, it’s pretty easy!).
Keep Your Fuel System Clean:
Your vehicle’s fuel system consists of your fuel tank, fuel filter, pump, injectors, and carburetor. All these parts will get clogged with gum, varnish, and other fuel residues; this not only affects your fuel efficiency but your engine’s power output as well.