With the days of cheap gas firmly in the rearview mirror, many of us are looking for ways to get the most miles per gallon possible out of our vehicles – some are even trading in for a more efficient vehicle altogether! But before you do anything rash, there are some little tips that might add up to make a big difference.
- Clean is fast. A good wash and wax will help your car slip through the air more easily, reducing drag and increasing fuel efficiency.
- The same goes for significant dents or damage to your car – the disrupted airflow will cost you at the pump.
- Upgrade your spark plugs! A set of premium spark plugs can really give your fuel economy a boost. Iridium spark plugs can result in better mileage, and more power.
- Power down. The more power you’re using (anything from plug in accessories to fog lights or air conditioning), the more you’re drawing from the engine, and the worse your mileage is going to be.
- Slow down. There’s a reason that Congress mandated a 55 mph speed limit during the fuel crisis of the 1970’s. For most vehicles, you’ll lose 30-percent of your fuel economy when you accelerate from 55 mph to 75 mph. For relatively short commutes, you may not even notice the extra time in the trip, but you will notice that extra pain at the pump if you opt for the higher speeds.