Eager for some quick and easy ways to increase your MPG? Let's take a look at five ways to save a buck at the pump.
1. Slow down.
Decreasing your average speed by 10 mph can potentially save you hundreds of dollars a year. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph, according to fueleconomy.gov. For every 5 mph over 50, you're essentially paying an additional 24 cents a gallon.
2. Taking a break? Turn off the engine.
You might've heard it takes more gas to start a car than to let it run, but that's no longer true. Modern fuel-injection engines don't burn a lot of gas when the engine is already warmed — so even though your car is idle, it's still burning gas. In fact, the California Energy Commission reports that every two minutes a car is running but not going anywhere, it uses the same amount of gas as a mile's drive.
3. Remember tire TLC.
Soft tires can produce more friction between the road and the rubber, making your car work harder to push you forward. If you've ever tried riding a bike with low pressure, you'll see what we mean. GasBuddy.com explains that for every tire under inflated by 2 PSI, fuel consumption is increased by 1 percent. Over time, that adds up to some serious dough! Make sure your tires are always full of air and friction-free.
4. Use the recommended oil.
You can improve your gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil, according to Fueleconomy.gov. Also, look for motor oil that says "Energy Conserving" on the API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives.
5. Schedule that tune-up.
A well-tuned engine runs more efficiently, especially if it previously failed an emissions test. The U.S. Department of Energy says to schedule a tune-up and look forward to gas mileage improved by an average of 4 percent!
These quick and easy steps can go a long way in saving MPG. What will you do with your saved gas money? Let us know in the comments, and we'll choose a winner to give some free ride credit!