With high gas prices still a hot topic for fleets and consumers alike, there are many ways to reduce your gasoline consumption while also being environmentally friendly.
Upkeep of your vehicle maintenance plays a huge role in your vehicle’s gas consumption. Be sure your tires are properly inflated. Under inflated tires reduce your car’s mileage by two to three percent. Changing your vehicles air filter, if dirty, can reduce your gas mileage up to ten percent. This is an easy job that takes no more than twenty minutes. Be sure to read your owner’s manual and follow the maintenance schedule.
With vacations starting and more people on the road, you may find more traffic and others in a hurry to get to their destination. When you are stopped in traffic for more than a minute or two it is best to turn of your engine as it can take up to ten seconds worth of idling to use as much gas as it would to restart your engine. Also, be aware of your acceleration and speed. Fast acceleration causes your engine to work harder and burns more gasoline. Keeping your speed at the flow of traffic is very important as going over the speed limit at highway speeds reduces your vehicle’s gas mileage significantly. Once your trips and vacations are over be sure to unload your vehicle of any unnecessary objects. Every 100 lbs of extra weight consumes 1 percent more fuel.
We can all make a difference in the environment and our pockets if we are aware of our gas consumption and make efforts to conserve.