Whether you are driving across town or across country, gas prices are rising making it more expensive to drive. There are three main factors that affect your gas mileage, your driving behavior, your vehicle's maintenance, and the environment. Here are several steps you can take to help increase your gas mileage.
Limit aggressive driving. Try to avoid driving aggressively. Quick acceleration, braking hard, and speeding all decrease your gas mileage. Aggressive driving can decrease your fuel economy by up to 33% on the highway and up to 5% in town according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Idle less. Avoid having your vehicle idle for long periods of time. If you anticipate that you will be waiting, turn off your engine. You will save money, gas, and produce less exhaust.
Maintain your tire pressure. One of the easiest ways to improve your gas mileage is to maintain your tires properly. Improperly inflated tires can decrease your gas mileage, increase tire wear, and may cause your tire to blowout. You can find how much air pressure to put in your tire by checking inside the door, in the door jamb.
Lighten your load. Remove unneeded weight from your vehicle if possible. Something weighing as much as 250 pounds can decrease your vehicles fuel efficiency by 1 mile per gallon.
Maintain your vehicle. Vehicle maintenance plays an important role in your vehicles gas mileage. Regularly changing your oil, keeping your air filter clean, and properly maintaining your tires will improve your gas mileage.
Avoid fuel increasing products. Be skeptical of products that claim to increase your vehicles fuel efficiency. According to the Federal Trade Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency has found that fuel saving products may only provide a slight improvement while others may damage your vehicle.
How to calculate your miles per gallon?
Fill your gas tank.
Set the trip odometer.
Refuel after you have used half your tank.
Record the number of gallons of fuel needed to fill your tank.
Record the amount of miles traveled from trip odometer.
Finally divide the amount of miles captured with the odometer by the amount of gallons it took to fill your tank.
You traveled: 425 miles
Gallons of gas used: 16 gallons
425 miles/16 gallons = 26.6 MPG
If you have questions about keeping you vehicle properly maintained or if need an estimate we are happy to help. Give us a call (320) 685-5310, email us, or schedule an estimate online. We work with all insurances, and self-paying customers. Schedule an online estimate or schedule an appointment and we will contact you and begin the process of having your vehicle looking brand new. We also will work with you to find the best solution to fit your budget if you are paying out of pocket.