Tips and Tricks for Better Gas Mileage

Buckeye Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat lets you in on the secrets to getting the most out of a tankful.

At Buckeye Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT Superstore, we don’t like to pay a lot for fuel. Gas is always an expense you’ll always have for your vehicle unless it’s electric. It’s one area where you can really save or splurge on your vehicle. There are many ways to help your vehicle get better gas mileage and save when you pay at the pump. Below, our car experts at our service center have shared their best recommendations. All of the suggestions are safe and easy to do.
Tips and Tricks for Better Gas Mileage around Shelby and Beyond

  1. Lose the lead foot. The biggest thing that hurts your vehicle’s fuel economy is your use of the gas pedal. A smooth acceleration and deceleration are best. Stepping on the gas and driving by always speeding up and slowing down decreases your gas mileage significantly. Similarly, driving at high speeds also affects your vehicle’s gas mileage. According to FuelEconomy.gov, speeding and rapid acceleration and braking can affect your gas mileage anywhere from 10 percent to 40 percent. Similarly, gas mileage decreases so significantly after 50 mph hour that every five miles over 50 is like paying another 16 cents per gallon of gas. Cruise control is a great option for minimizing speed variations on the highway and getting the most from your gas.
  2. Lighten the load. Our vehicles can become as overstuffed with things as our closets, garages, and basements. The difference is all that extra baggage you’re driving around with affects your gas mileage. The more your vehicle weighs, the worse your gas mileage will be. Data from FuelEconomy.gov maintains that every 100 pounds affects your gas mileage by 2 percent. Take every unnecessary thing out of your vehicle—from unused tools to the kids’ sports gear from last season—to help lower your gas mileage.
  3. Make sure tire pressure is spot on. Your tires have recommended pressure ratings—measured in pounds per square inch, or psi—for a reason. Your tires work optimally at that psi. Over- or under-inflated tires are less safe and they hurt your gas mileage.
  4. Don’t idle. Letting your vehicle run when you’re not going anywhere uses a lot of gas; half a gallon an hour, according to FuelEconomy.gov. Unless you need your car on while stopped to keep it warm or air-conditioned, you are wasting gas and you should turn your vehicle off.
  5. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations. When it comes to fuel octane levels, oil, and other fluids, the manufacturer’s recommendations are what will make the vehicle run the best, including when it comes to fuel efficiency. Deviating from your manufacturer’s recommendations will damage your vehicle’s gas mileage.
  6. Go easy on the A/C. Running the air conditioner lessens gas mileage.
  7. Keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. Getting your vehicle serviced regularly with a tune-up, or if the check engine light comes on, can preserve your gas mileage. Check engine light warnings are often a fuel sensor, so make sure to have it diagnosed and the issue fixed right away.

Newer vehicles have better gas mileage, so a new car, truck, or SUV can save you money in the long-run if you are driving an older model that guzzles gas. Check out our inventory of new cars to find the perfect gas-efficient vehicle for you and your family, visit our Shelby, OH, dealership, or call our sales team at (877) 280-4255.