Everyone is trying to make cars more fuel efficient than ever. But you may notice your car’s fuel economy change over time. This could be due to changes in driving behavior, changes to traffic patterns, and/or changes to your car’s condition.
Here are a few quick and easy tips for maximizing fuel economy.
1 – Tire Pressure
This is an oldie, but a goodie. You want to make sure all four tires have the maximum pressure or PSI in each tire per the manufacturer recommended standards. Here’s why: The lower your tire pressure, the flatter it becomes. It may not be noticeable to the human eye, but each PSI of lower pressure increases the amount of area your tire has in contact with the road. it’s known as the contact patch. The bigger the contact patch, the greater the rolling resistance your car will have. Furthermore, the decrease in PSI also creates a decrease in tire diameter. Again, it may not be noticeable to you, but that reduction in diameter decreases the travel distance for each rotation of the wheel.
Fortunately, this is an easy fix. Check your tire pressure weekly.
2 – Let Your Car Breathe!
Fuel economy works best when your car can breathe. I can’t tell you how many cars are driving the roads right now that can not breathe They are driving around with dirty air filters that have been in the car for 20,000, 30,000, even 50,000 miles on the inefficient, dirty nasty air filters. Folks. Air filters are affordable. Heck, they pay for themselves in fuel savings and damage prevention to your car. Shop our selection of air filters today.
3 – Lubricate your baby!
Wait, that might not sound right.
What we really want to say is that it’s important to use the right lubricants / oil for your car’s engine. Step 1 is to use the manufacturer’s recommended oil for your vehicle. In case you’re wondering, yes, synthetic oil can help you with fuel efficiency.
Also, change your oil regularly. As your car runs, dirt and gunk build up in your engine. If you don’t change your oil, your engine is working harder because there is more friction in your engine. As you know, friction is bad for both fuel economy and for the long term life of your engine.
So change your oil regularly with the properly weighted oil for your car based on the manufacturer’s recommendation. And do not forget. At every oil change you need a new oil filter to keep your engine clean.
4 – Efficient Exhaust Systems
Engines have to work to push the exhaust out of the exhaust systems. Installing a less restrictive exhaust can improve fuel efficiency by up to 10% depending on the vehicle and the exhaust system upgrades. This also results in more power that can be used to propel the vehicle leading to both fuel efficiency and a power boost.
5 – Turn on your AC
Hold on. Doesn’t the air conditioner force the engine to work harder?
Yes. The AC does make your engine work harder. But it’s much harder to push your car down the road when your windows are down. Driving with your windows down lets the air flow freely through your car, but it absolutely kills aerodynamics. It’s more fuel efficient to raise your windows and turn on the AC when driving on city streets or the highway.
If you’re stuck in traffic and crawling at a snails pace, your fuel efficiency is shot anyways and it almost doesn’t matter if your AC is on or off. Traffic kills fuel economy.
6 – Drive Conservatively
If your typical drive includes jumping over obstacles, you may want to check our selection of suspension upgrades. However, if you’re looking for fuel savings, letting your foot off the gas goes a long way in making your driving more fuel efficient.
Ah hell, but that’s no fun at all. Who wants to drive slowly? I want to hit the gas, drive like a bat out of hell, and hit the brakes hard before entering a tight corner.
In fact, my car shudders badly every time I brake hard. I think I might need some new brake rotors.
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