Tips for Optimizing Gas Mileage this Summer
Summer is just around the corner, and that means road trips will be on the radar for many Americans. We’ve put together some tips for optimizing gas mileage and squeezing every last penny out of each fill-up.
Check your tire pressure. Under-inflated tires can actually create friction and drag, reducing fuel efficiency by as much as 3%. Check your owner’s manual or the tire’s side wall for the recommended air pressure, and make sure to maintain the optimal tire pressure through the summer months.
Spring for a tune up. An inefficient engine will suck up more fuel than it needs. Have a technician do a thorough tune up, and make sure to have the air filters replaced and the oil changed for best results.
Plan your route. Take some time to investigate the best-possible route for your road trip. Some navigation systems offer “green routes” or routes that will require the least amount of fuel consumption (that’s right, fastest doesn’t always mean greenest). Regardless of whether or not you have a “green route” planned, having any route planned will decrease your likelihood of getting lost. In addition, try to avoid traffic jams by planning to avoid big cities during rush hour.
Pack less. If you can, pack as little as possible. For travelers who have a good amount of luggage or gear to bring along, consider opting for a rear-mounted cargo box instead of a roof-mounted cargo box, which will reduce your drag.
Set cruise control. Every time you speed up, you burn extra gas. Maintaining a consistent speed helps maximize your fuel use, making cruise control your best friend. Keep in mind that the faster you drive, the more gas you’ll burn, so sticking with the speed limit will actually save you money. Fueleconomy.gov points out that gas efficiency starts to plummet over 50 mph saying, “each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.19 per gallon for gas.”
If you are in need of a fuel sipper for your summer travels, stop by Carriage Mitsubishi!