Improve Your Fuel Economy


Together, rising fuel prices, environmental concerns, and economic hardships make a formidable opponent to anyone's gas budget. Luckily, there are many simple ways that you can improve fuel economy. Use Orange Coast Auto Group's tips to get the most out of every drive!

Inflate your tires

Did you know that an estimated 1.2 billion gallons of gasoline are wasted each year due to under-inflated tires? The solution is simple, but effective: By inflating your tires to the proper level, you can decrease your fuel consumption by 4%. Typically, tires lose around 1 PSI each month. During the winter, the loss is even greater due to the cold. Check your tires monthly to ensure that you're getting the best fuel economy possible. Adhere to the manufacturer's recommended PSI, and don't go overboard; it's just as bad for your car to over-inflate them. Proper inflations will also prevent your tires from getting uneven wear, making them last longer. You'll be surprised by how much a little bit of air can improve your car's efficiency.


Conduct filter checkups

Engine air filters typically become clogged with dirt and grime after extended use, which leads to degraded fuel economy. Check the condition of your engine air filter periodically, and replace it when needed. If you typically drive down dusty roads, you'll need to change it more frequently.

Fuel filters should also be replaced annually. After extended use, they can become clogged and reduce fuel efficiency; exchanging an old one with a new model can make a tangible difference with your gas mileage.


Use the right oil

It is important to follow the manufacturers' oil recommendations. Check which oil is recommended for your car; using it will improve up to 2% on fuel economy. Generally, lighter oil improves gas mileage over heavier options.


Give your engine regular tune-ups

Tuning your engine can noticeably improve fuel efficiency. Whether your car has failed an emissions test or simply seems a little off, a quick tune-up can improve fuel efficiency by over 4%.


Drive smart

Making simple adjustments to your driving habits can have a huge impact on your fuel efficiency. Speeding reduces fuel economy by up to 33%, and ΒΌ gallon of gas is wasted per fifteen minutes of idling. Other factors, like frequent braking or revving, can also dramatically reduce efficiency


Maintain your car

When it comes to your vehicle's efficiency, a little bit can go a long way. Simple check-ups like wheel alignment, spark plug replacement, or shock and strut inspections can help you get the best fuel economy possible. Stick with a check-up schedule to ensure that your car is getting maintained regularly.

Using these tips to guide you, you can enjoy your car and spare your wallet from financial strain. The best part? Most ways to improve fuel economy are as inexpensive as they are easy.