As we continue to find more ways to save gas, here are a couple more things you can take a look. Besides switching to a more fuel efficient car, you can definitely change your driving habits or check your current vehicle to see if there’s anything you can do to make it run better. Below are some other things you can check to make sure your car is on its top fuel saving performance.
Check that “Check Engine” Light
The check engine light does not mean the engine is malfunctioning. There could be many other factors. One such factor could be a faulty oxygen sensor. Just by getting your oxygen sensor fixed, you could possibly improve your engine’s performance by up to 40 percent. You should get your car checked if the “Check Engine” is on.
Check Your Tire Pressure
According to some government estimates, the average driver could boost their fuel efficiency by 25 percent just by keeping their tires inflated. It’s easy to do this. Most gas stations, if you gas up your car with them, will allow you to use their air compressor or water for free. You should take advantage of this. It won’t take more than 5-10 minutes of your time to check this.
Change Your Air Filter
Gas is half of the combustion equation. Air is the other half. A clogged air filter can take off 10 percent of your engine’s efficiency. A new air filter can get that 10 percent back — usually for under $15. You can always buy your own and have someone install it for you.
Drive 60 on the Highway, not 75.
If you stay close to the speed limit, there will be less wind resistance against your car, which in turn would make the engine work less. It should help with gas consumption as the engine would not have to burn more gas. According to the EPA, each 5 mph over 60 that you drive decreases fuel efficiency by up to seven percent.
I have brought this up in my previous article. If you step on the accelerator and the brakes too hard, you burn more gas and you also will wear out the brake pads quicker.
Government estimates say that an extra 100 pounds in your car can reduce fuel efficiency by up to two percent. You should keep anything you don’t need such as your golf clubs at home if you are not using it. It could save you some gas.
Lose the Roof Rack
Having a roof rack will just cause more wind resistance. You can get up to two percent of savings by removing the roof rack if it is not been used.