It is 2020, and environmental concerns have become more and more commonplace. Whether it is for the environment or for your wallet, or for both, fuel efficiency is extremely important. We aren’t recommending that you get a bike, or that you trade-in your car for a hybrid. Before you go out and buy an electric or a hybrid, there are changes you can make to your driving habits and maintenance you receive to improve your fuel efficiency. In fact, trading in a working vehicle with decent fuel efficiency for a new hybrid or electric can actually be worse for the environment. The energy used to manufacture and transport these new high-end electric vehicles can actually be greater than what you would save by driving your current vehicle.
10 Tips For Fuel Efficient Driving
Before you go out and try and find some fancy fuel performance gizmo or tech, there are a lot of driving habits you should consider adopting to improve your fuel efficiency. Plus, a lot of those fuel-efficient add-ons that are sold like airflow disrupters or fuel line magnetizers do not deliver on saving fuel or justifying their investment.
- Don’t Overload: In the fuel efficiency equation, weight is a large component. Many drivers overload their vehicles in an effort to be environmentally conscious. And although carpooling is beneficial for the environment, overloading your truck or car is not. Whenever you can drive with an empty trunk or truck bed you should.
- Don’t Over Accelerate: Every car commercial boasts 0-60 in under 5 seconds. And where your vehicle may be able to do that, it isn’t great for your engine. Maintaining speed and slowly increasing or decreasing speed over time is the best way to avoid unnecessary fuel burn.
- Use The Right Fuel: Premium gas isn’t for every vehicle. Every car, truck, and van has a recommended gas type. High octane fuel is not necessary unless you are driving a sports car. As long as you are above the lower limit of the octane rating recommended for your vehicle, you are fine buying the cheaper fuel.
- Tire Pressure: Low-pressure tires increase friction with the road. As a driver, you should inspect your tires and refill them often. Many vehicles have electric tire pressure gauges that can send you that information at any time.
- Don’t Idle: You shouldn’t leave the lights on in a room that you aren’t in, and you should leave your car idling if you don’t plan to move. Every minute your vehicle is idle is a few ounces of burned fuel, that will pile up over time and cost you money.
- Refuel in the Morning: Gas stations have their tanks deep underground. When the ground is cold in the morning the gas condenses, meaning a gallon of gas is more concentrated. This saves you a few dollars a fillup but that adds up over time.
- Replace Your Air Filter: Your manufacturer will likely have a recommended period for getting your air filter replaced. Air filters get clogged up with debris over time, which will decrease the efficiency of airflow in your engine.
- Use The Right Wheels: Tire pressure is very important, so are the wheels you use. Your suspension and wheel choice affect your fuel efficiency,
- Don’t Drive Too Far For Gas: Many drivers have a favorite gas station (usually for price point reasons). However, there can be a loss there if driving to that gas station wastes more gas than the money you save.
- Drive in The Right Gear: It may sound strange, but for manual drivers, you should always drive in the highest gear for the speed you are going. Higher gears are generally better for fuel spend.
Contact Everett Transmission
Part of having a fuel efficient car is getting regular checkups and making sure work is up to date. Changing your fluids, rotating tires, checking your suspension, replacing air filters, and transmission maintenance all have an effect on how your car drives. If you need your vehicle serviced and are in the Greater Boston area, come to Everett Transmission in Everett, Massachusetts. Use our online scheduler to set up an appointment.