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6 Things You Can Do To Immediately Increase Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

6 Things You Can Do To Immediately Increase Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

If you have a car, it’s probably your second-biggest ongoing expense, right behind your rent or mortgage. The convenience of transportation comes at a cost — maintenance, payments, washing, etc. But one expense that has all car owners grinding their teeth is the cost of fuel. You never quite know when it’s going to skyrocket again and completely wreck your carefully-planned budget.

Fortunately, there are a few cheap or free things you can do to cut down on your fuel costs and make your car’s engine more efficient.

1) Focus On Your Driving

This might sound like a driving safety tip, but the truth is that ditching all distractions when you get the behind the wheel can do wonders for your gas mileage. When you focus entirely on the task of driving, you make smoother turns, you avoid slamming on your brakes, and you generally are more attentive to the road.

2) Pump Your Tires

Firm tires means money in your pocket. When you go on your daily commute on less-than-completely-inflated tires, you not only do damage to them, you also force your car’s engine to work harder than it has to. In fact, properly pumped up tires can increase your fuel efficiency by as much as 3.3 percent. The the next time you fill up, ask the cashier to turn on the air pump for you so you can fill your tires up to the ideal PSI. They usually will let you use the air pump for free if you buy gas too.

3) Change Your Oil

You can’t neglect basic maintenance. When the oil in your engine starts to get old and dirty, all its moving parts struggle to do their job. A thirty-dollar oil change can save you a ton of money over the course of the next few months.

4) Clean Out Your Car

Are you lugging around a ton of stuff in your car just because you just forgot to take it out? That’s like tossing money out the window every time you go for a drive. Every additional pound you unnecessarily keep in your car decreases your fuel efficiency and costs you money. So do yourself and your pocketbook a favor and clean out your entire car of stuff you don’t need (and don’t forget to empty the trunk too)!

5) Check Your Speed

Before you start your engine, make sure to take off your lead foot. Driving at very high speeds is a magnet for highway patrolmen, and it also forces your car to fight against heavy wind resistance. Staying the below the speed limit will keep tickets off of your driving record and gas in your tank.

6) Accelerate Smoothly

Just because you can go from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds, that doesn’t mean that you should. Your car burns the most gas when you are driving at high RPMs. So the faster you accelerate, the quicker your gas tank drains. Whenever you’re driving on the freeway, creep up to your target speed gradually to get the most out of the fuel you have.

Frugal Opportunity

Your car might be one of your biggest expenses, but if you haven’t optimized for efficiency, then it might also be one of your biggest chances to save money every month. By making some small changes to your car and how you drive, you can have a whole lot more money flowing to your savings account.

About The Author

Logan Strain is a writer from San Diego, California. When he’s not playing with his daughter he is blogging about social media, frugality, and personal safety.

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  • carmenscouponblog

    Jajaja I need to listen to this especially the lead foot one lol.. I always speed have not had a ticket in 10 year but I am always speeding and my husband constantly complains about gas usage.. that when I drive (I drive less than him) I use more gas than he does… Nice Tips Thank You

  • Janeane Davis

    This article made me smile for several reasons. First I liked all the tips. Second it reminded me of all the problems President Obama had when he suggested people could save on gas expenses by properly inflating their car tires.

  • Mommy2Jam (Adrianne)

    WOW number 4 really, cleaning out your car. My boys sports equipment and other items probably add up to two additional kids in the car. That and its a great motivator for myself to lose weight, lol.

  • Amy Desrosiers

    Gosh my trunk is sooo jam packed with stuff like a double stroller, and more! I definitely need to take a lesson from your tips.

  • http://www.growingupmadison.com/ GrowingUpMadison

    My car is packed with stuff. Never thought about taking them out. I have stroller that I keep in there at all times and other stuff that belong to the kids. Will have to keep these tips in mind.

  • Kyle Wiley

    Simple, yet effective methods to help keep more money in my pocket. Cant go wrong here. Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.smartypantsmama.com/ Caroline/SmartyPantsMama

    Great tips! And thank you for the reminder to check my tires!

  • Kristin

    Wonderful tips! I just remembered that I needed to clean my car out! LOL :)

  • cyndie

    I treat my car like a baby! But, I need to clean it out

  • Joana Bento

    Good tips! :)

  • Ruz Ramos

    Great tips!

  • http://newyeargreeting2014.com/ Rana Irfan

    wow great tips. It’s best idea. thanks for sharing.