With the volatile price of gas these days, it is becoming more and more costly to drive a car or truck. The daily trip back and forth to work can burn through a tank of gas very quickly and many people’s monthly gas bills are skyrocketing. Here are some things that one can do to get the most out of each and every tank of gas.
14. Change The Car’s Oil And Filter
Make sure your car is running efficiently by changing the oil and oil filter. Most often, these items should be changed after your car has been on the road for 3,000 to 5,000 miles. A more efficient vehicle will use less gas.
13. Change The Car’s Air Filter
An air filter that is dirty will force a car or truck to use more gas, since the engine is getting less air than it should. A clean filter means less gas. A dirty air filter should be changed about as frequently as an oil filter, about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. It is something that, like the oil and an oil filter, doesn’t require taking a car to a service station and can be an easy do-it-yourself project.
12. Check The Tension On The Car’s Fan Belt
A vehicle with a very tight fan belt will make an engine work harder. For an engine to work harder, it must use more gas. The belt can be easily adjusted with a wrench. Loosening the belt will make your car more fuel efficient.
11. Roll Down The Windows When It’s Hot
Using a car’s air conditioner uses more gas. You can use the air conditioner in the summer time, but only do so when driving on the highway. At lower speeds, roll down the windows. The open windows increase resistance and reduce fuel efficiency, but less so when driving at lower speeds. Using an air conditioner consistently will increase the fuel consumption of your vehicle.
10. Don’t Load Up
Check the trunk or storage area of a vehicle. A car that is carrying extra weight will use more fuel in order to carry it. It is estimated that for every extra 100 pounds in a vehicle, a car uses two percent more fuel. Remove items that do not need to be in the vehicle.
9. Drive At Off-Peak Hours
If possible, try not to drive at rush hour. The time spent idling in traffic uses up more fuel. If you are planning a longer trip, try and leave very early to avoid traffic.