Today, in this article I want to talk to you guys about five proven ways with which you can get better Gas Mileage in your car. Now obviously, the car you drive has everything to do with fuel economy – like if you drive a Toyota Prius, you’re gonna get better gas mileage than you do if you drive a truck, but these steps can be applicable to any car.
So follow them and you’ll at least get the best gas mileage that you can get out of the car that you’re driving.
The First step to getting better gas mileage in your car are your tyres. Basically, when your tires roll they create resistance on the road therefore you’ve got to have a few things taken care of on your tires to get the best fuel economy on the road. The first thing you got to make sure with your tires is to check that if they’re balanced and they’re properly aligned.
The problem is that if you’re trying to drive straight but your wheels are turned then you’re gonna create a lot of negative resistance trying to go in that direction, but when your wheels are aligned then if you go straight everything else is straight creating the least amount of resistance possible. So that’s the first thing you’ve got to do with your tyres is make sure they’re properly balanced and properly aligned.
The next thing you’ve got to pay attention to with your tyres is the inflation and air pressure in your tyres. You’ve got to keep them properly inflated to keep the least amount of resistance. If you go driving and your wheels are under inflated, then you’re gonna lose a lot of gas mileage because you’re creating even more resistance.
However, A lot of guys will suggest you to over-inflate your tires to get better fuel economy, but I don’t agree with that because it’s unsafe and your tires aren’t gonna wear evenly. Just open your driver’s side door and look for the Cold Tyre Pressure. It doesn’t mean your tyres have to be cold to get this reading, it just means that the car has to be sitting for a while. You can’t just check the pressure right after you’ve driven on the road and expect the tyre pressure to be accurate, so wait a while for your tyres to be cold and then check the cold tire pressure.
You can buy a suitable tyre pressure sensor online and it can be really helpful. They’re more commonly digital and it’s pretty accurate so I would recommend them. Anyway, with the tyres, just keep them properly balanced, aligned and inflated.
The Second way to get better gas mileage in your car is to check your air filter. The engine requires air to breathe and air filters keep the air clean that goes into the engine. When the air filters get clogged or are dirty, it’s a lot harder for the air to get through, therefore the engine has to work harder to produce the same results. You’re gonna have to replace your air filter every 6 to 12 months anyways so I recommend getting the reusable ones. Honestly, I don’t think a lot of us know how to replace air filters and you really should learn how because it only takes a couple of minutes.
Number Three is our Spark Plugs. Your Spark Plugs typically need to be replaced every thirty to a hundred thousand miles and the big deal with the spark plugs is that if you don’t replace them when you’re supposed to, you can really hurt your engine in the long run and you’ll get far worse gas mileage. So just make sure your spark plugs are properly maintained and you’ll get the best gas mileage that you can out of your car.
Number Four – take out the Extra Weight. If you’ve got a bunch of junk in your trunk, take it out if you don’t need it. On an average-sized sedan, you’ll lose about 2% in gas mileage for every hundred pounds of extra stuff that you carry with you. Technically, your gas does weigh a lot but I still recommend to have your tank all the way full and that’s just because it’s a good practice to be prepared, but if you do want your car to weigh less then less fuel means less weight.
Lastly, the grade of fuel you choose actually has a lot to do with your gas mileage. Your car manufacturer has a recommended fuel grade inside the car’s owner’s manual. If the owner’s manual says that your car requires 87 Octane, then just use 87 Octane. If you go downgrade, you are gonna be losing fuel economy and you’re gonna have knocking in your engine. If it says that it will run better on Premium gas but it’s not compulsorily required, then go ahead and use premium gas if you really want to, it’s just your choice.
Just remember the key differences between Required and Recommended. The big one with fuel consumption though is E85 gas. E85 gas is made up of Eighty-Five percent Ethanol and 15% Gasoline. Ethanol has about a one-third less energy than gasoline, so when you do the math on E85, you’re actually losing about 25% of the energy because of the ethanol. So you’re always gonna get 25% less gas mileage using E85.
Though E85 tends to be a lot cheaper, but it’s got to be at least 25% cheaper according to this if you do the math for it to actually be worth it in your car. Also, Make sure that your car can actually use E85 fuel, because there’s a lot of cars that can. So make sure if you’re going to be using E85 gas, check your owner’s manual first and make sure that your car can use it. Most cars can run up to 10% Ethanol, but that’s definitely not 85% Ethanol, so always make sure first that if it can.
So those are the Five steps to get better gas mileage out of your vehicle. Again, remember to keep your tyres well-balanced, properly aligned and properly inflated and make sure your Air-Filter is nice and clean and your Spark Plugs are well-maintained. Also, get rid of all the Junk in your car and make sure that you’re using the Right Fuel Grade and if you do decide to use E85 gas, just make sure that it’s at least 25% Cheaper so that it’s worth it for the gas mileage loss.
If you have some other additional valuable tips, do share them with me in the comments below.