With gas prices through the roof and another Earth Day come and gone, it’s time to talk about you. Specifically, what you can do to increase your car’s fuel economy. Fuel economy refers to the number of miles a car can drive per gallon of gas.
1. Avoid aggressive acceleration.
Road rage costs you, so why sweat it? According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, drivers who obey speed limits and practice gentle braking and acceleration improve their car’s fuel economy up to 40% in traffic and up to 30% going highway speeds. Gradual acceleration is also kinder to your car, preventing faster break-down.
2. Lose the junk in your trunk!
Extra weight reduces fuel efficiency in your car. Smaller vehicles especially are more affected by carrying excess weight. You can save at least a few cents per gallon, and some peace of mind, by cleaning out your vehicle of any unnecessary nuisance.
3. Minimize trips and maximize your tank
Staying on top of errands and doing more in one trip will save you big bucks. Plan your shopping around work, school, or whatever engagement you have booked. It’s a little extra work that will carry your wallet and your wheels a long way.
4. Consider a hybrid or electric vehicle.
Did you know you don’t have to break your wallet on better mileage? While good mileage is often associated with high-end vehicles, it’s more affordable than you think. The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid starts at $23,550 and the new 2022 Corolla Hybrid starts at only $200 more. The electric motor and petrol engine combination used by hybrid cars allows you to get more out of your mileage. Your location may also provide tax incentives with your hybrid purchase. Still not convinced? Read more on the advantages of going hybrid.Thinking about going electric? The Tesla Model 3 starts at $42,690 and delivers up to 272 miles on a full charge. Keep in mind our skilled technicians at Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Center provide hybrid and electric car care.