How to Improve Fuel Economy?
At Go Dodge Red Deer, we want our customers to enjoy their driving experience to the fullest and also embrace healthy driving habits. That’s why improving fuel efficiency is one important practice we encourage our customers to adopt. Read on to learn how you can be part of the change while saving money and helping to improve the environment.
Practices to Help Improve Your Gas Mileage
Drive with your vehicle’s recommended fuel type
Vehicle manufacturers test their vehicles to see which fuel type is best for each vehicle. Trust the maker and use the recommended fuel type in your owner’s manual. This simple step will help you get better gas mileage on your vehicle.
Keep your tires well-inflated:
Low tire pressure increases the rolling resistance of your tires on the ground. In return, your vehicle will also require more fuel to run at its best capacity. Make sure to inflate your tires properly. There are many tools you can purchase that allow you to monitor your tires’ pressure.
Idling uses a lot of gas and also makes your vehicle pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which contributes to air pollution. If your vehicle is going to be on for more than 30 seconds, it’s best to turn it off and turn it back on whenever you’re ready to drive again.
Don’t accelerate too quickly:
Take it easy on the pedal and don’t drive too fast, those are two important rules to keep in mind at all times. If you want to speed up or brake, do it gradually because the increase will produce drag on your vehicle. Sudden acceleration burns more fuel. Make sure to always drive at or below the speed depending on the road conditions.
Beware of what you are carrying on or inside your vehicle:
More weight adds more strain to your vehicle’s engine and therefore makes it harder for it to work; even roof racks and other storage accessories add extra weight to your vehicle. This means that with more weight onboard your engine will require more fuel.
Keep your gas fuel cap sealed:
Oxygen can pass through your cap into the gas tank. The increased air in the fuel will cause the engine to burn more gas and increase fuel consumption. Make sure there are no cracks in the seal and that it’s fully closed at all times.
Know where you are going:
If you’re going somewhere and are not too sure how to get there, make sure to plan your trip before leaving. If not, you might have to stop several times on the road to figure out the way to your destination. And by doing so, your engine will be consuming more gas. Make sure to put several trips together. For instance, if you have to buy something at the mall and need to go to the gym, make sure to combine those as it will help you save on gas and improve your fuel economy.
Don’t forget to replace your vehicle’s air filter:
One of the easiest ways to improve gas mileage is to change your vehicle’s air filter according to your owner’s manual. When the air filter is clogged, the engine’s ability to draw air from the environment decreases as well as your fuel efficiency. Your engine will then have to work double as hard. Doing this simple task can improve your gas mileage by as much as 15%.
We hope these simple tips are helpful! Give them a try and see how your fuel efficiency improves. Contact our service department at Go Dodge Red Deer if you have more questions on improving your fuel economy.