A Toyota Corolla fills up at the gas station while increasing it's fuel economy

How to Increase Your Fuel Economy

Milad Hassibi December 1, 2018

With gas prices slowly rising, many Americans are searching for ways to increase their vehicle’s fuel economy.

If you don’t want to spend tens of thousands of dollars purchasing an electric vehicle, you can increase your cars fuel efficiency with a few simple steps.

How to Increase Your Car’s Fuel Economy

Replace your air filter

Your vehicles air filter is what regulates how much air enters your engine. Your vehicle’s computer A full gas gauge stands next to a gas pump and a womans handwill then add the correct ratio of fuel to the air being brought in by the air filter. A dirty or clogged air filter can lower your fuel economy by as much as 15 percent.

Remove unnecessary weight

For every 100 pounds of extra weight to your vehicle, you can expect an MPG decrease of 1 mile per gallon. If you have heavy items and trash inside your car, remove them. Weighing your vehicle down with unnecessary cargo can greatly reduce your miles per gallon.

Change motor oil

Synthetic motor oil has been proven to be more efficient when it comes to fuel consumption. Instead of opting in for the cheaper conventional oil, use synthetic oil for your next oil change. Not only does it increase fuel efficiency, but it is also better for your engine and the environment.

Driving style

The largest factor that impacts your fuel economy is how you drive. Aggressive driving can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 20%. Rapid acceleration and braking can cause a significant loss in fuel economy.

Idle time

Idling for two minutes at a stop sign or red light is the equivalent of driving one entire mile, in terms of fuel economy. Large trucks and SUVs are more prone to wasting gas at stop signs and red lights due to their larger engines.

Unless your vehicle is equipped with an automatic stop/start system, consumers should be aware of how long they let their vehicles idle for.

Vacuum gauge

A vacuum gauge measures how much vacuum your engine creates when it’s idling, accelerating or cruising. The more vacuum your engine produces, the more fuel you are burning. A vacuum gauge can help you spot when you are burning the most fuel.

Keeping the vacuum gauge as low as possible is the ideal way to reduce fuel consumption. You can find a vacuum gauge online and have it installed for minimal expense.

Although your car may not become as efficient as an electric vehicle or hybrid, you can still save significant sums of money on gas expense by taking these steps.

Final Note

With wear and tear, cars become less fuel efficient over time. If you are looking to buy a new car but have less than perfect credit, CrediReady can help.

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