Improve Your MPG with These Five Tips

Chances are, regardless of the type of vehicle you're currently driving, you could stand to get better gas mileage. There are plenty of ways to improve your fuel economy, some of them less known than others. Even if you're driving an electric or hybrid car, there are tricks you can use to extend the range.

Below we'll discuss five tips you can use to increase your miles per gallon. Some require some effort (and money) on your part, while others don't require much work at all. Hopefully, you'll find something that you can use to get the most gas mileage out of your car possible.

Accelerate Slowly

Is there really that big of a need to beat the car next to you off the "line" at a stoplight? Is it more important to you that you make it first to the next stoplight, or save some money on fuel? Yeah, you might look cool for a few seconds, but continually participating in this behavior over the long run is going to cost you.

Really, what's the point? Even the best fuel-saving vehicles will get significantly worse gas mileage if you insist on accelerating like you're in a drag race. Fast acceleration means you're using more energy. Ever stop to think about where your car gets its energy?

Quit Speeding

Seriously, this one should be a no-brainer. Sure, it's important that you keep up with the flow of traffic, but there really is no need to do 85 mph when 65 mph will suffice.  When you speed, you require your car to do more work than it would need to do if you were driving slower.

The twenty mile per hour difference referenced in the previous paragraph can cost you as much as ten miles per gallon. Just remember that when you drive fast, you're sacrificing MPG, and, ultimately, money at the pump. So be smart, drive the speed limit, and save gas.

Engine Maintenance

There are plenty of reasons to keep up with your routine car maintenance, but one you may have never given much consideration to is fuel consumption. A poorly tuned engine burns more fuel, so be sure it is current on its maintenance checkup.

Additionally, a dirty air filter can cause problems with fuel efficiency as well, so you want to be sure you've changed it out recently. When you skip out on regular engine maintenance, you are putting your car at risk of suffering serious problems, the least of which is fuel economy. Get your vehicle taken care of, so it runs optimally and provides better MPG.

Check Your Tire Pressure

The question here isn't whether or not your tire pressure makes a difference in your fuel economy, because it does. The real question is how much of a difference it makes. Typically, the rule for tire pressure is that for every pound of pressure dropped, it will lower your fuel efficiency by half a percent.

Of course, underinflated tires aren't going to have an immediate impact on your miles per gallon. It will take a month or two before you start seeing results, so don't get discouraged. Do keep an eye on your tire pressure, and make sure your tires are inflated to the amount of pressure recommended by the manufacturer.

Mobile Applications

There are plenty of applications available on both the Android and iOS marketplaces to help you track your fuel economy. Some of them will even emit an audible notification when you're driving too fast or braking too hard. Find one that works for you, but isn't a distraction. Before you know it, you'll be improving your gas mileage.

Save More Than Gas Mileage

If you want to save on more than gas mileage, head over to Southwest Motors to find a used car or vehicle in your price range. Southwest Motors offers more than 700 pre-owned vehicles, and chances are good they have something just for you.

The vehicles at Southwest Motors are inspected, so you know you're getting a high-quality vehicle that won't require a lot of maintenance. Take a few minutes and look over their list of vehicles. You're sure to find one that you can take home today!


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