Fuel Efficiency Driving Tips
Many drivers think that driving the latest fuel-efficient vehicle is the best way to help you save on gas. While this is true, by making some small adjustments to your driving style you can experience better gas mileage. Have you ever wondered why EPA-rated MPG estimates include a section which reads “your mileage may vary”? The truth is, your individual driving style can have a significant impact on your fuel economy. Metro Lexus has a few helpful tips for getting the best fuel efficiency and to help you spend less time at the gas pump.
Reduce Your Speed
While it may seem obvious that driving at an excessive speed will cause your vehicle to use more gas, aggressive acceleration and braking even at low speeds can have a negative impact on your MPG. Driving more sensibly can reduce your fuel consumption while also causing less wear-and-tear on your vehicle.
It requires about 10 seconds’ worth of gas to start a car. By avoiding idling for extended periods of time, you’ll enjoy noticeable savings.
Properly Maintain Your Vehicle
Simply put, having a well-maintained vehicle will lead to greater efficiency. Components like your oxygen sensor can drastically lower your fuel mileage if it’s not functioning properly. Even small things like driving with underinflated tires or dirty engine air filters can also have a negative impact.
Use Air Conditioning Responsibly
At low speeds, the extra power required to run the A/C compressor can take a toll on your vehicle’s efficiency. If possible, lowering the windows when driving around town can reduce fuel consumption. The opposite is true at highway speeds, where open windows can harm aerodynamics which creates reduced efficiency.
Remove Excess Weight
Especially if your vehicle is small, driving around with heavy or unnecessary cargo can lower your MPG. Also avoid carrying cargo on the roof, which creates additional wind resistance.