Summer is a fun time to get on the road, whether you’re taking an afternoon drive in the country or an extended road trip to see friends and family. However, being on the open road when it’s hot can mean spending more on fuel. Here, you’ll get some simple tips to increase your mileage and spend less on gas all summer long.
If there are boxes full of tools or gym gear in your car or truck, now’s the time to find a new place for them. The more cargo you carry, the lower your fuel economy will be. If you’re planning a long road trip, pack wisely and don’t take stuff you won’t need. At the end of the summer driving season, be sure to remove bike racks, rooftop cargo carriers, and other accessories, as they can decrease fuel mileage.
According to information from fueleconomy.gov, constant braking and braking can cut fuel economy by roughly five percent around town and a whopping 33% on the highway. Furthermore, aggressive driving puts your passengers at risk. The few minutes you save by tailgating and speeding aren’t worth the decreased fuel mileage or the greater chance of a ticket or an accident, so slow down!
Maintain the Vehicle
Maximizing a vehicle’s performance will greatly increase your fuel efficiency and mileage. With regular air filter changes, tune-ups, alignments, and other necessary maintenance tasks, you’ll save money on gas and avoid future damage to your vehicle.
Keep Tires Inflated
Check the tires for proper alignment and inflation; your car’s owner’s manual will tell you the proper air pressure. Not only does low tire pressure make driving unsafe, it can decrease fuel economy as well.
Fuel Up in the Evening or Early Morning
According to industry experts, the right time to buy fuel is in the early morning or late evening. Once the outside temperature drops, fuel becomes denser, and you’ll get slightly more gas for your money. Furthermore, many filling stations raise their prices during the daytime to capitalize on rush-hour traffic and filling up in the off hours can help you save.
Stay Out of Rush-Hour Traffic
Driving in heavy, stop-and-go traffic isn’t just a pain in the backside, it can hit you in the wallet as well. If possible, try traveling before or after the morning and evening rushes to diminish stress and save fuel.
Reduce Idle Time
Unless it’s necessary, try to avoid waiting with the engine running. Allowing your car to idle for more than 30 seconds will raise fuel consumption and decrease your MPG.
Summer is a time for road trips and family fun, but high fuel prices and low economy can put a damper on things. By keeping these tips in mind for long-distance and around-town driving, you’ll save aggravation and spend less money and time at the filling station.
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