Commuting to and from your apartment in Charlotte, NC, has probably caused you to notice that gas prices have increased by about 10 cents per gallon over the past two weeks. To minimize your trips to the gas station, here are some tips to get the best gas mileage out of your car.
Aggressive driving like speeding, rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% on the highway and by 5% driving around town.
Keep Your Engine Tuned
Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve gas mileage by an average of 4%, though results vary.
Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40%.
Remove Extra Weight
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially if they are heavy. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2%. This affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.
Use Cruise Control
Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.
When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.
Tips were provided by fueleconomy.gov.