Improving the MPG’s in Your Used Car

March 21st, 2014 by

Since the 1990’s, vehicles began weighing more due to the addition of airbags, computers, and plastics, and we all know your MPG decrease with added weight. Therefore, a used vehicle may provide you a better option when trying to improve your MPGs. An aerodynamic, lightweight, efficiently operating car will get the best gas mileage. If you follow most of these suggestions, you can expect your gas mileage to improve as much as 41 percent in the city and 22 percent on the highway, according to Ford Motor Company

  • Ease up on the gas pedal. The faster you accelerate the more fuel you use.
  • Choose tires designed for good fuel economy. Swap the big off-road mud tires for low-rolling-resistance rubber.
  • Quit idling. When you sit still with the engine running, you’re getting 0 mpg. If you’re going to be stopped for more than a minute, shut off the engine.
  • Underinflated tires will not only wear out sooner, they’ll reduce your gas mileage by as much as 3 percent.
  • Replacing a clogged filter can improve mpg as much as 10 percent.
  • Consider driving slower. Driving at 65 instead of 70 mph on the highway saves as much as $5 to $10 an hour in fuel, according to General Motors.
  • Remove add-ons like a big cargo box, snowboard or bike carriers attached to your roof rack, or a spoiler, as they add drag to your vehicle. Adding a Tonneau cover to an older pickup truck will gain about 0.1 to 0.3 mpg.

Our gas mileage tips can help you reduce the amount of gas you use.  If you are already following these tips, you are probably getting the best gas mileage your car can deliver.

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