As a body shop, we get a lot of questions from our customers about how to improve their fuel economy. While there isn’t some be-all and end-all trick to help you save money at the pump, there are a few easy things you can do keep that tank fuller, longer.
5 Tips to Improve Your MPG
- Take it Easy on the Lead Foot – This one may be a no-brainer, but accelerating hard and driving aggressively is a huge gas waster. The more you accelerate, the more energy you require, and that energy comes straight from your tank. Studies have shown that aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by almost 33% at highway speeds, not to mention it’s relatively unsafe. By driving more sensibly, you could save yourself some money and more importantly, potentially save a life.
- Travel Light – Are you carrying around a bunch of junk in your trunk? Not only does that weigh your car down causing you to need more gas to move around, it also upsets the balance of your car. Do yourself a favor and toss out the excess as those costs add up.
- Avoid Rooftop Cargo – We understand that sometimes this is unavoidable if you are going on a trip and you are short on space, however for those who have a structure on their roof that they aren’t using, a word of caution to you. Hauling big items on top of your vehicle increases aerodynamic drag, which in turn lowers fuel economy. Studies show that a large cargo box can reduce fuel up to 25% at Interstate speeds, which in turn will add to your fuel cost immensely.
- Use Cruise Control – Cruise control helps keep your car consistent, so you aren’t accelerating and braking as much, and in turn that saves you gas.
- Keep Your Tires in Check – Not only is keeping your tire pressure under control a good idea for safety and maintenance, it’s also good for your gas mileage. Every pound of pressure that your tire is missing is more money down the drain in terms of gas, because a flat tire causes rolling resistance, which uses more energy to get moving.
If you would like to learn more about how to get the most from your fuel tank, please visit us at Mike Maroone Body Shop and Collision in Colorado Springs, CO directly behind Mike Maroone Chevrolet South.