Are you looking to get better gas mileage out of your car?
As gas prices begin to rise with the restrictions set for COVID-19 across states and countries, improving your gas mileage is important now more than ever. The good news is that there are numerous ways you can improve your gas mileage without having to be a mechanic.
If you want to save as much money as you can on gas, take a look at this guide to learn how to get the best gas mileage out of your car.
Keep Your Tires Inflated Properly
When your car's tires are under-inflated, the engine of your car has to work harder to keep up. Do you know what this means?
This means that your car is burning up more fuel than necessary. Check with your owner's manual or the sticker usually located on the inside well of the door to see what the proper PSI is for each tire.
Under-inflated tires that are below 10 PSI can end up costing you 3-5 miles per gallon.
Reduce the Car's Weight
Your car is designed to run at optimal performance at a specific weight. If you have an excess of items in your vehicle that don't need to be there, its time to take them out and put them away in storage.
That extra weight is putting a strain on the front and rear axles, which means your engine has to work harder, spinning the wheels at an average rate.
Just remember, better gas mileage equals lighter load.
Check Your Gas Cap
When was the last time you checked the integrity of your gas cap? The function of the gas cap is crucial because it seals out any oxygen from getting in and keeping things out.
If the integrity of the seal is compromised, that extra oxygen can make its way into your fuel system and will increase your fuel consumption.
Periodically check your gas cap for any cracks or damage to the seal. If you see any damage, its time to replace it with a new one.
Avoid Refueling at Night
Refueling in the morning can save you a few bucks at the pump. Here's how it works.
Gas storage tanks are buried deep within the ground, and when the ground is cold in the morning, the characteristics of petroleum causes the gas to dense up. When the ground gets warmer, and the temperature rises, the nature of the gas expands.
This means when you fuel up when its warmer, the gallon at the pump may actually be less than a gallon, robbing you a little short.
Other Gas Mileage Considerations
There are other things you can do if you are mechanically inclined to better your gas mileage. You can remap your ECU, clean your fuel injectors, or replace your filter and spark plugs.
If you don't feel confident doing these things, it is best to talk to a skilled professional about your car needs. In the end, doing these tips will save you money in the long run.
If you want to talk about your car's needs and how you can improve your whip, contact us and we'll be happy to steer you in the right direction.