HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR GAS MILEAGE
With the weather being as nice as it is, you might be thinking of finally making that road trip that you have been putting off for months. However, in order to enjoy that long weekend, you should make sure that you have taken all the necessary prerequisites to conserve your gas mileage. This includes making decisions months in advance in order to save time and money by not stopping to refuel so often, avoiding costly mechanical issues, and making sure the electrical maintenance is up to date. In this article, we’ll go over some practical tips on how you can improve your gas mileage.
1. Plan Your Trip Ahead Of Time
The most intelligent thing you can do for your vehicle is to plan out your trip ahead of time. This will give you a better idea of what kind of distance, terrain, and conditions you will be facing as you attempt to reach your destination. Failure to consider all of the logistic issues that you might face can leave you vulnerable to potential pitfalls during your trip. Not knowing how far you need to go or what kind of terrain you will face can certainly leave you unprepared for the trip ahead. Additionally, if you do not have a roadside assistance provider, then you will have to rely on friendly drivers which will make the process of getting back on track more difficult and lengthier. By planning your trip ahead of time, you can make sure that everything in your vehicle is working properly and efficiently.
2. Try Not To Put Too Much Stress On The Engine
Engine stress can result in engine inefficiencies. Engine inefficiency can lead to lower gas mileage because your engine is working harder to maintain the level that you are putting into it. This often involves speeding up and slowing down at irregular intervals on the highway. Drastically alternating the speed can make it extremely difficult for your engine to achieve a stable rate of output. This, in turn, causes it to work harder in order to achieve the speed you are looking to drive at. One thing you can do for long highway trips is to use the cruise control feature. A steady speed on the engine leads to greater amounts of fuel efficiency because of a reduction in the lack of the need for acceleration and braking which places a huge toll on your fuel economy.
3. Stick To The Manufacturer Recommended Fuel Type
While it might seem counterintuitive to understand that a premium fuel type that is used by high-performance vehicles is not ideal for your vehicle, it is important to know that a range of fuel-types are tested on vehicles before they are put into mass production. As a result, it is always necessary to go with the kind of fuel type that is recommended by the manufacturer. If the manufacturer recommends unleaded fuel, this means that the engine supports unleaded fuel best and has been field-tested in terms of what works best for the engine itself. High compression engines that are common to sports and performance vehicles will do better with premium fuel because it works more efficiently with the physical and chemical properties of the engine. On the other hand, unleaded fuel will be optimal for engines that are not as powerful, again, the chemical and physical mechanics playing an extremely huge role here.
4. Don’t Forget To Check Your Tire Pressure
By inflating your tires to the correct tire pressure, you can certainly improve your gas mileage and fuel economy. While driving with a low tire pressure adds to tire resistance on the ground, driving when your tire pressure is too high can lead to the tire bouncing around on the road, tire traction decreasing, and a decrease in driving comfort. Using a mobile app that constantly monitors your tire pressure can serve to make sure that you have the correct amount of tire pressure during your trip at all times. This traction efficiency will then lead to better fuel efficiency and thus gas mileage as your engine is not working hard to make up for the deficiencies in the current pressure.
When it comes to improving your gas mileage for a road trip, make sure that you are looking carefully into these four areas. While we can’t always predict what will happen on the road, we can be better prepared to face those obstacles. If you want an expert eye on your vehicle prior to your trip, then schedule an appointment with us today.