How to Improve your Fuel Economy

Posted by Laura LaFond on

With gas prices continuously rising, many motorists are trying to find ways to save money on their vehicles. One way to minimize your expense is to improve your car’s fuel economy. Regular maintenance can actually save fuel.

Some car issues such as clogged fuel injectors or air filters, underinflated tires, and filthy spark plugs are just some of the reasons why your car engine and other components ae working overtime. If your engine is working hard then it also requires more fuel.

Here are some tips on how you can reduce your maintenance costs and improve fuel efficiency.

  • Avoid over-speeding – Take your time when you are driving especially if you are not in a hurry. By reducing your speed, you can save a few bucks on gas. An extra hour can save you at least $5 while bigger vehicles such as SUVs and trucks can double it up.
  • Don’t overload your trunk – Adding more weight to your vehicle especially heavy items will also increase your fuel consumption especially since your engine is working harder to haul and carry the extra load.
  • Avoid rapid acceleration – Overusing your engine and transmission can cost you up to 12 miles per gallon. Imagine all the fuel you are wasting.
  • Regular check-ups – Make sure your tires are properly inflated, your air filters and fuel injectors are clear, and spark plugs are clean. Use the recommended oil upgrade and tune-up your car regularly. Make sure you also clean your interiors using the KevianClean Interior Defense.

Make sure that your mechanic checks these parts as well:

  • Batteries – A weak battery can leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. In other cases, you won’t be able to start your car.
  • Oil – Replace the oil and filter accordingly to minimize a worn out engine.
  • Brakes – Your mechanic will be able to tell if your brakes are functioning properly and if your brake fluid is working well.
  • Fluid levels - Inadequate levels including your coolant, transmission, brake fluid, power steering, and oil can affect your car’s performance negatively.
  • Belts and hoses – A broken or ruptured belt and hose can cause your engine to become damaged and significantly add to your expense.

Following a regular maintenance schedule and check-up can prevent you from experiencing further damage to your car. A well-maintained vehicle can greatly improve your car’s performance and improve your fuel efficiency. These tips will help you save money, time, effort, and get rid of headaches too.


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