We’ve seen fuel prices go up in the last several months, and an emphasis on fuel-saving has become more important now than before. Besides driving less, there are many ways to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. With minor changes to your driving habits and outlook on car care, you can be set to save money on fuel over time. Here are our top tips on how to save money on fuel:
Tip #1 - Check and Adjust Tire Pressure
Paying attention to your tires is one of the most impactful ways you can save money on gas. Now that it is Fall, the air in your tires is going to contract, causing under-inflated tires. If you don’t keep up with your tire pressure, your vehicle can end up burning more fuel than necessary and cause premature tire wear.
Tip #2 - Reduce the Weight of Your Vehicle Load
Some people like to stuff all their junk into their trunk; but if fuel efficiency is what you want, then we highly advise against it. Additional weight can put stress on your car components, including the engine, which will burn more fuel.
Tip #3 - Don’t Idle
Did you know that for every hour that you leave your vehicle on, your car will assume a little over than a half a gallon of gas? While you may not idle for an hour at a time, this can add up. It is best to turn your engine off and restart it at a later time.
Tip #4 - Watch Out For Faulty Sensors
Your vehicle has many sensors that monitor vehicle performance and report issues to the onboard computer. While you may be tempted to put off sensor repair or replacements, missing data from your oxygen sensor or tire pressure sensors can lower your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
Tip #5 - Replace Air Filters
Over time, your engine air filter collects a ton of dust, dirt, and other debris. To allow your engine to draw in a balanced amount of air, make sure you replace your air filter according to your vehicle’s manufacturer.
We hope these tips above can help you minimize fuel waste and save you money on gas over time. If you need help with auto maintenance to enhance your vehicle’s efficiency, please do not hesitate to call or visit the team at K’s Autohaus today.