How to Get the Best Gas Mileage From Your Car

Sun Devil Auto Expert, published on 12/01/2015

It’s a fact of life: gas isn’t always cheap. That’s why it’s important to get the most out of the fuel you put into your vehicle. Besides the actual make and model that you drive, there are many factors that dictate fuel consumption, from how you drive to how you maintain your automobile. Keep these helpful tips in mind to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck at the pump.

Take It Easy

The road can be taxing on your vehicle. Between gridlocked traffic and other drivers, just getting from place to place can sometimes be challenging. This, unfortunately, can cause driving habits such as rapid acceleration and hard braking to occur. Habits like these have been shown to impact gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, according to the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.

So don’t get swept up in the madness. Just sit back, relax, and think about how much gas money you’re saving by taking a more sensible approach to your travels.

Fight Inflation With Inflation

Everything gets a little more costly over time - that’s a given. Gasoline is no different, but you can potentially reduce how much your car or truck uses by as much as three percent by ensuring your tires are properly inflated. In most vehicles, you’ll find a sticker on the driver’s side door with the correct pounds per square inch (psi) for front and rear tires, depending on carrying weight.

This information can also be found in your owner’s manual. Remember to always go by the auto manufacturer’s recommendation, not the maximum pressure listed on the sidewalls of your tires.

Treat Your Engine Right

 Fuel economy depends largely on the condition of major components in your car or truck, most notably its engine. For example, research shows that using the incorrect grade of motor oil is capable of cutting efficiency by as much as two percent. Reference your vehicle’s manual to determine the correct oil for your engine.

Be sure to also address any known auto service or repair needs as well. For example, replacing a faulty oxygen sensor can boost your mileage by upwards of 40 percent in some cases.