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7 Ways to Improve Gas Mileage

7 Ways to Improve Gas Mileage
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By    |   Wednesday, 18 September 2019 02:51 PM

Who doesn't want to get better gas mileage? The good news is it's not that difficult to do so. Making simple adjustments to your car and driving could go a long way in improving your car's fuel economy. Where do you begin?

With these 7 fuel-saving hacks from Reader's Digest:

1. Keep your tires at the right pressure  - More than half the vehicles on the road reportedly have underinflated tires, which could lead to a nearly 7 percent waste in fuel, and could cause premature tire wear.

2. Replace the air filter - It is recommended that you replace the filter at least once a year. A dirty filter in older vehicles can lead to nearly 10 percent increased fuel usage. In newer models, the computer cuts back on fuel when it detects lower airflow but as a result, the engine will lack power.

3. Replace your sparkplugs often - Many drivers try to squeeze out the mileage on their sparkplugs, but replacing them before they are completely worn could save you from wasting fuel. This means changing them before they are 80 percent worn. It is in those last few thousand miles of your sparkplugs’ lifespan that misfires and incomplete combustion start to occur.

4. Keep your tires aligned - You can drastically improve your gas mileage by maintaining your car’s alignment. Tires that are out of alignment by just .017 of an inch could cost you hundreds in wasted fuel a year. It will also wear your tires faster.

5. Avoid stop-start driving - Traffic congestion is one of those unavoidable things and driving in these conditions does increase your fuel consumption but there are ways to counteract this. Avoiding hard acceleration is a good start. Speeding through traffic only to have to come to an abrupt stop at the next traffic light will could cost you 20 percent in gas mileage.

6. Obey the speed limit - Need a reason to slow down? If racking up the speeding fines is not deterring you then perhaps the fact that you could save hundreds of dollars each year in fuel could? When driving on open roads, driving at faster speeds increases your aerodynamic drag, especially when you hit speeds over 55 mph. Driving at 65 could increase drag by 36 percent, which dramatically increases your fuel consumption.

7. Pay attention to the warning lights - Those lights on your dashboard are there for a reason. That glowing check engine light is not just telling you there could be a problem with the engine or emissions- it is also letting you know you are wasting gas and money. An issue with emissions could be the result of an incomplete burn, which means you are not driving economically. It could also be a sign that something is seriously wrong with your engine. Either way, it cannot hurt to have it checked out

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