9 Tips for Optimal Fuel Economy – Frugal Novice

9 Tips for Optimal Fuel Economy

This is a sponsored post partnered with Winner Auto. All opinions are honest and are my own.

With gas prices always in flux, it can’t hurt to employ a few simple tricks to save a few cents each time you fill up at the pump. Not only will these help save some drops of gas, but most are good practices to also keep your vehicle in good shape.

Stay off the gas pedal

This sounds easy enough, just drive the speed limit, don’t accelerate quickly, and coast when possible. Just using the gas pedal less saves on gas. Some vehicles have a light on your control panel that lets you know when you’re driving in a way that’s using less gasoline.

Always consider your route

We all get in a routine of taking the same route to different places each time, but consider trying an alternate route to see if it’s quicker and less distance. It might not always be the most efficient, depending on the traffic at the time of day, but testing alternate paths to a consistent destination could reveal a better route at a shorter distance.

Don’t idly sit with the car running

Not only is it bad for the air quality around you, but keeping the car running while someone is in the store to get a carton of milk uses a lot of excess gas. Instead, roll the windows down if it’s warmer – roll the windows down, turn the car off, and read a book!

Always make sure your tires are inflated

By keeping your tires properly inflated, you are always ensuring good road contact and traction. When driving with tires that are under-inflated, you are making your vehicle work more, thereby using more gas.

Remember that just because the premium gas is more expensive, doesn’t mean it’s better.

Usually, those higher tier gases are recommended for certain vehicles, but if your vehicle doesn’t require them, there’s no sense in using them. By using the standard option rather than the premium, you will save at least 10 cents a gallon.

Avoid excess weight in the vehicle

It’s just simple math, really – the greater the weight of an object, the more force is required to move the object. So, with more weight in a vehicle, more gas it will require to move it from point A to B. A good practice to have is to always remove objects from your car before driving. Why spend excess gas on moving that box of junk when it doesn’t need to be in your car?

Check your air filter(s)

If you have a clogged or dirty air filter, you are forcing your vehicle to draw in more air using more energy/force than with a clean air filter. By keeping that intake clean, you are letting your car easily pull in air more easily, thereby using less force.

Turn down the AC

When driving on city roads and in the neighborhood, you don’t always need to use the air conditioner. It may be nice for comfort, but at what cost? Fuel economy! By rolling down the windows and letting the breeze in rather than cranking up the AC, you can save on gas every time.

Cruise control

Once on the highway, driving at a constant speed with little to no stops, use your cruise control. It’s built in for ease of use on the driver, but also is a great way to control the use of your gas pedal. Very little acceleration is exerted once you start the cruise control, its a great way to maintain a constant speed at a low RPM

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