Gas prices are at an all-time high, and many Minnesota drivers are looking for ways to save money at the pump. One quick way to make your time between fill ups last longer is to boost your car’s fuel efficiency. If you’re ready to use gas more efficiently as you drive around town, we’ve got some quick tips that will help you boost your car’s efficiency no matter where you drive.
Stick to posted speed limits
While we’re all tempted to drive above the posted speed limits, there are some advantages to slowing down and abiding by those posted limits. Did you know that driving at 80 MPH can use up to 25% more fuel than driving at 70 MPH? In this case, faster is not always better – so to make your gas go further, slow it down and enjoy the ride.
Keep your fuel tank ¼ full
The lower you allow your fuel tank to go, the harder your fuel pump has to work to keep your car moving. Allowing your fuel tank to drop below ¼ full will decrease your fuel efficiency. Consider filling up more often to keep your car efficient.
Use proper octane in your fuel tank
If you’ve been thinking that a higher octane fuel will make your car more efficient, it may be a good idea to think again. If your car requires 87 octane gas (according to your manufacturer), then using 89 or even 91 octane will not improve performance. In fact, this will simply cost you more without any added benefit.
Make sure your tires are inflated properly
Your tires are essential for a safe and enjoyable ride, but did you know they can help you keep your car running efficiently? Improperly inflated tires will decrease your fuel efficiency by 3%. While it may not seem like much, this can add up and lead to spending more on gas over time.
Check your front end alignment
If you’ve hit a pothole or a larger bump recently, you may need to check your front end alignment. Driving without proper front end alignment can decrease your gas mileage by 10%. Signs you may need to have your alignment looked at include your car pulling to one side, shaking when driving at high speeds, and a little extra bounce after driving over a bump in the road. If you’ve noticed any of these signs, then it’s time to have your mechanic check your front end alignment.
Clean out your trunk
If your trunk looks more like a storage locker instead of storing the essentials for an emergency, then you may want to clean it out. For every 100 lbs you are carrying, your vehicle’s fuel consumption increases by 1-2%. If you’re ready to save on fuel costs, then now might be a great time to do a little spring cleaning when it comes to your trunk or back end.
Turn off your car while you wait to save Fuel
We know it’s tempting to let your car idle while you wait for your friend, scroll through social media, or even wait for that next appointment. But did you know that keeping your car on while you wait can burn up to ½ gallon per hour? Instead, plan on rolling those windows down, turning off your car, and enjoying the beautiful weather.
Schedule your spring maintenance check
Your car will burn up to 30% more gas when its proper maintenance is not performed. So, if it’s been a while since your last tune up, it’s a great idea to get one scheduled. Your spring maintenance will include checking your tire pressure, ensuring your front end alignment is right, changing your air filter, and checking for other issues that may affect your fuel efficiency.
If you’re ready to boost your fuel efficiency and saving at the pump, these quick tips will go a long way in extending each full tank of gas. Our team is ready to help. Simply schedule your spring maintenance check, and we’ll ensure your car is fuel efficient as you hit the road this spring.