Although electric engines are beginning to flood the high performance and luxury car segment, the majority of these machines are still powered by good old fashioned combustion engines and gasoline.
To ensure you get the most miles per gallon for whatever vehicle you drive, follow these top five fuel efficiency tips.
This one may be a given… You most likely already know that the more often you jam the gas pedal to the floor, the more fuel you’ll burn; it’s just a side-effect of getting that push-you-back-into-your-seat adrenaline rush. What you many not realize, however, is that your brake pedal can also cause your miles per gallon to plummet.
Consider this: when you smash the gas pedal to the floor and take off like a bat out of the great depths below, you reach your intended speed quicker. In many cases, you exceed your intended speed, forcing you to use the brake pedal to reduce your speed. If you’re not careful enough, you may brake too far below the intended speed, forcing you to use more fuel to readjust your speed to the proper limit.
By this time, you’ve exerted extra fuel and brake pad dust to reach the legal speed limit just because you wanted that rush of torque at take-off.
Not only does exceeding the speed limit force you to the take the steps outlined in fuel efficiency tip #1, maintaining higher speeds inevitably raises your engine’s RPMs, forcing more fuel to flow in order to maintain this speed. In juxtaposition, lower speeds will allow your RPMs to settle, vastly improving your MPG.
The more weight you keep in your car, the more energy has to be exerted in order to make your car move; this could mean a big hit on your MPG if your vehicle is continuously weighed down. To prevent this from happening, make sure your trunk, glove box and center console are cleared of everything but the necessities.
Believe it or not, your tires play a large part in your vehicle’s gas mileage. If the air pressure in your tires is too low, your vehicle will have to exert more energy in order to keep your vehicle moving forward. By airing up your tires to the optimum pressure, your wheels will remain taut so that they can more easily roll down the road.
The quality of the fuel you put into your car will greatly affect the way it runs. If you fill up with cheaper gasoline, expect poorer performance. On the flipside, more expensive fuel will burn stronger and longer than its more affordable sibling.