5 Ways to Make Your Car More Fuel Efficient

by Jeffrey Kosola on May 23, 2011

Gas has reached an all time high in many areas, and will only continue to rise as the dog days of summer approach. While you may not be able to control the gas prices, you are able to make your car more fuel and money efficient by adhering to a few easy tips.

Check Your Air Filter

My what? My car has an air filter? If you can’t even remember the last time you had your car’s air filter changed, then there is a good chance your car isn’t getting the best gas mileage. If your car’s air filter is old and blocked with dust and debris, then your engine isn’t being properly ventilated and therefore isn’t running as efficiently. To make sure that your car is able to run efficiently and obtain the best gas mileage, have your air filter regularly replaced.

Keep Fluids in Check

If your car is long overdue for an oil change or needs to have the transmission flushed, you can guarantee that it isn’t getting the best gas mileage possible. Without clean fluids, your car’s engine isn’t going to be able to run as efficiently, and when the engine can run efficiently, it will turn your car into a gas guzzler. To maintain the best fuel efficiency possible, get your fluids changed when necessary. This is usually every 3,000 for an oil change and every 75,000 for a transmission fluid flush.

Make Sure Your Tires Are Aired Up

Most people don’t think to check their tires until one looks like it may be going flat. However, not checking your tires on a regular basis could be costing you without you even knowing it. Tires that aren’t correctly aired up waste gas so to make sure your car is getting the best miles per gallon regularly check your tires.

Don’t Ride Your Breaks

Most people hit their breaks when they don’t need to or ride them into a stop. This habit can quickly become costly as it can decrease your fuel efficiency by 30 percent. So to make sure you don’t waste gas, don’t ride your breaks.

Avoid the Drive Thru

While this tip may not be directly related to how your car may function, one of the most expensive habits of any car own is the drive thru. “As silly as it sounds, thousands of car owners commit this costly sin every day, and this habit can quickly add up to an additional $30 a week or $120 or more a month,” says Charles Bulger from Currencies.com. Depending on the size of your vehicle that’s an extra 2 to 4 tanks of gas a month. So do your belt and your wallet a favor, skip the morning drive thru coffee or commute snack.

With these tips, you can save a few more dollars each time you turn the key!

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krantcents May 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Keeping your car maintained does wonders for MPG and extends its operating life as well.

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Fluitek May 31, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Good tips about cars. I’ll surely follow these tips for my car.. Thanks for this great post! :)

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FinancialAdvisingGuru June 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

I just got back from an extended road trip, and I’m still amazed at the effect gas prices had on our budget. I agree with the proper maintenance of oil changes, air pressure in tires, and replacing air filters. Each of these practices will help keep your car running efficiently while also giving your finances a little extra support in the long run. The point you mentioned about riding the brakes I feel is one that is very important but often over looked by most drivers. A conscious effort to reduce speed and be aware of passing vehicles, stop lights, and exit ramps can do a great deal of work in regards to the over all amount of fuel used in your vehicle compared to a more stop and go mentality that can often be observed on our roads. Its the small things like this that allow a long trip on the road to become an affordable one for your budget.

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Car Repairs Leeds September 27, 2011 at 8:48 am

Avoid Riding Your Brakes
Here’s an ingenious tip that could really help you out more than you think. Additionally there are quite a few drivers that slow down for a braking car when they could easily switch lanes. And if you avoid riding the break, expect improved fuel economy of about 30% or so. Switch Off Your Vehicle

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