7 Ways to Improve Fuel Economy and Save Money on Fuel

The prices of fuel are rising and you certainly cannot control it. Luckily, there are ways you can keep more money in your pocket by improving the fuel economy of your car. You don’t need to compromise on the miles you travel, instead you can follow certain measures to improve your gas mileage. Let’s dive into the methods of increasing the fuel efficiency of a vehicle.

Basic maintenance

As long as the fuel economy is concerned, basic maintenance of the car holds paramount importance. On each tune up, you save up to $0.9 per gallon as estimated. Furthermore, timely maintenance and tuneups will help you improve your fuel economy by 4%. Therefore make sure that you get your car maintained every 6 months.

Pay close attention to how many miles your vehicle goes on a full tank. Set one of the odometer trip readings, and reset each time you fill up. If you notice your vehicle getting less mileage, then it’s probably time for a tune-up.

It’s also important to get your engine running smoothly, so if you notice a rough idle then here are some common causes and solutions.

Coolant level

It is important to keep the coolant level maintained because your car does not utilize the same amount of fuel every time. If the coolant level stays in preferable limits, the vehicle will use less fuel per gallon. This will prevent over-heating, and make your vehicle run properly.

If the coolant in your vehicle is old and hasn’t been changed in years, then consider performing a radiator flush and filling it with new coolant.

Tread depth

If you drive a huge truck and keep off-road tires on your truck, then you’re hurting the fuel economy of your vehicle. Unless you’re actually going off-roading often – you should exchange them for conventional all-season tires. The tread depth isn’t a problem for 90% of the cars on the road, but keep this in mind if you drive a vehicle with off-road tires.

Replace tires

Replace the tires of your car according to the season you encounter. Make sure to use summer tires during the summer, and winter tires in the winter when there can be ice and snow on the roads. Most of us can get away with keeping all-season tires on, as long as they still have enough tread. If you drive a rear-wheel vehicle, then consider getting winter tires for the colder months.

Keeping proper air pressure in your tires is also crucial, as the air pressure will have an impact on fuel economy. Always keep tires aired up to the manufacturers requirements, which can be found on the driver side door jamb.

If you or the technician at the tire shop notices uneven tire wear, then you might need to get an alignment or have a suspension issue fixed.

Reduce drag

If your car is equipped with heavy items such as bike racks and roof boxes, it will experience more air resistance and thus you will find it difficult to move your car in forward direction. This calls for more fuel per gallon which will certainly reduce fuel efficiency. Thus, it is better to get rid of all such stuff when not in use.

Switching gears

Switch to higher gears ASAP as the vehicle utilizes more fuel when you drive it on low gears. For diesel engine, change the gear before 2000 rpm and for petrol engine change it before 2500rpm to achieve the maximum fuel economy. Each vehicle is different, but these are general guidelines you should consider when driving a manual.

Abide by speed limits

Abiding by the speed limits saves you from accidents as well as it saves your fuel. Try to drive within the suggested limits in town and on the interstate. Increasing the speed will consume 20% more fuel, so try not to speed up just to slow down a few minutes later.

Check out our article on the “Top Reasons for Unusually High Fuel Consumption” for more information.