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Everyday Tips for Improving Your Fuel Economy

By Bill DeBoer on May 27, 2014 6:30:00 AM

If you’re like any other driver, especially with the rising cost of gas, you want to get as much mileage out of every tank. Whether you’re driving a gas guzzling truck or a small, efficient car, everyone wants to save anywhere they can. Here are a few ways to improve fuel economy, no matter what you drive.

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Slow Down!

The most effective how to improve fuel economy in a truck or car is to slow down. The roadway isn’t the race track. For the average driver, speeds over 60 miles per hour can drain your tank quickly. Every time you step on the gas pedal, more gas flows into the engine. If you accelerate too quickly or slam on your brakes, this causes the engine to use more gas. Being a sensible driver is just one of the many ways how to improve fuel economy in a car.

Lose Some Weight

Carrying extra baggage in your trunk or in the bed of your truck may cause your vehicle to use more gas. Although this typically pertains to smaller cars, carrying extra weight in your trunk or back seat can weigh your car down. A heavier vehicle requires more gas to move down the road, especially at higher rates of speed. If you’ve got extra weight in your car, take out what you don’t need and help improve that fuel economy.

Waiting Around? Shut It Down!

Did you pull into a drive-thru to pick up lunch and the wait is taking forever? Turn your car off. If the engine is idling, it’s just wasting gas. Although you’re not moving, your engine is still running. That means the tank is still pumping gas into the engine. If you are stopped for more than a minute or two, shut the car off. It will save you gas and improve the fuel economy in your car.

Maintain Your Sweet Ride

Keeping your car maintained is also an effective way to improve gas or improve diesel fuel economy. For instance, your air filter can play a significant role in your fuel efficiency. Replacing it or cleaning it not only saves gas, but protects your engine as well. Making sure your tires are inflated to the proper pressure can also improve your gas mileage. If the tires aren’t at the proper pressure, it’s the same thing as driving around with your parking brake on. The fuel line must pump more gas into your engine to help the car speed up. Getting regular oil changes and using the recommended oil can also improve your fuel economy.

If you want to get better gas mileage from your vehicle, contact us. We can perform the maintenance your car needs to run at peak efficiency and help you get the best fuel economy.

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Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.