Five Tips to Maximize Your Fuel Efficiency
When you go to buy your car, there are many factors that influence your purchase decision. You might be concerned about its safety ratings because you transport children regularly. Or, perhaps storage is a significant motivating factor – maybe you own your own business, like a cleaning service, and need that extra space to carry around your supplies. Perhaps your concern isn’t even related to a car’s practical benefits. After all, lots of car buyers purchase their vehicles based on brand loyalty, speed, and even looks.
But when surveyed, the majority of Americans said that one thing would influence the purchase of their next car – fuel efficiency. Up to 37% of people in a recent consumer report survey said that how good their car was on gas was the most important thing that would sway their next car purchase.Many factors are inciting this change in car purchase priorities. For one, the price of gas will only continue to increase as worldwide supplies grow shorter – and this has made a massive impact on the wallets of American consumers. Consumers are now also more focused on their environmental footprint, which has led to them changing their purchasing habits.
We can’t all afford the newest hybrids on the market. However, there are ways we can lessen our impact on the environment and get the most out of our car’s MPG until we can afford a new car.
Here are our top five tips for maximizing your car’s fuel efficiency.
1) Check and Change Your Air Filter Regularly.
Your car’s engine is the powerhouse of the car – but it is also comprised of delicate, intricately interwoven parts. The air filter is critical to keeping those parts moving. Not only does it filter out harmful debris, like large-particle dust and leaves, but it also is what pulls air from the outside to keep your engine cool and running smoothly.
When your car’s engine is pulling in dirty air (or, worse, not pulling in enough air because the filter is blocked), it puts undue stress on the engine. Your engine is used to working with air and combustion power. When it doesn’t get enough air because the filter is dirty, it relies more on combustion power. If you notice your MPG is lower than usual, check your engine air filter right away.
2) Use Your Cruise Control On the Highway.
You’ve probably noticed yourself slowing down and speeding up on the highway when you don’t use cruise control. All this change in motion adds up – every time you slow down, your engine needs more power to get it back to the speed it was before. When you use cruise control, you keep your car at a steady pace, which, in turn, uses less fuel than slowing down and speeding back up over and over again.
3) Bring Your Car in For Regular Maintenance.
If you’ve ever had a foot injury and just tried to let it heal on its own, you know the process can be rough. If you’re not careful, you end up putting more stress on your other foot or leg muscles, which can cause at worst damage to other parts of your body because you are putting more strain on them.
Think about your car in the same way. If a part on your vehicle isn’t working correctly, the other parts, including the engine, have to step up their work to make up for it. If your motor is working harder, that means it is burning more gas. When you ensure all the parts of your car are in working order, this means your engine can function normally.
4) Use Your Air Conditioning Wisely.
Air conditioning is a tricky thing. In parts of the country, it is a must to have working air conditioning in your car. Your car’s interior is usually hotter than the outside, even with the windows down. This is because the CO2 generated from your breath, gas, and other driving processes creates a blanket that traps in body heat and the heat from the sun. Therefore, in places that get into the upper 100s during the summer, it’s not healthy to drive without air conditioning.
Despite the popular myth, air conditioning doesn’t make a massive impact on your gas mileage. However, it does make a small dent. Therefore, it is up to the driver’s discretion and comfort to use their A/C wisely. If you like to drive with the windows down and it is a comfortable temperature to do so, there is no harm in switching off the air conditioning and potentially saving a little gas down the line. It can also help keep your car’s interior smelling fresh.
5) Keep Your Car’s Interior Clean and Tidy.
Just as having a lot of people in your car can weigh it down and cause your fuel consumption to skyrocket, so can having too much weight in your vehicle from things. If you’re hauling around a bunch of recyclables you meant to take to the recycling center, or boxes of clothes you meant to donate, or even just storing your camping gear permanently in your trunk, this all adds up. Even having little things – like clothes or pieces of trash littering your backseat – can make a difference in the way your car performs. The cleaner your car is, the less weight it has to carry around. Ultimately, this means you spend less on gas.
Are you ready to make the switch from your gas guzzler to something a little more fuel-efficient? Zeck Auto can help. We have multiple dealerships located in Oklahoma and Kansas, and all our dealerships are home to a wide variety of new and used vehicles. Get started with your Zecksperience today. Visit Zeck Ford of Oklahoma at 2311 North 9th Avenue in Purcell Oklahoma, or Zeck Chevrolet at 1601 North Green Avenue in Purcell. For our Kansas residents, come by Zeck Ford in Leavenworth at 4501 South 4th Street. We can help you further maximize your fuel efficiency by upgrading your car when you are ready.