Whether you have a brand new car or a vehicle with a few thousand miles on it, it is never too late to improve fuel efficiency. There are several reasons why everyone should try to improve their gas mileage, but the most obvious benefit is financial relief! Saving on gas means saving more money, and it also means improved fuel economy for your vehicle. Continue reading to learn more about improving fuel efficiency and five common myths
about gas mileage.
Gas Mileage and Fuel Efficiency
There are several ways to improve your gas mileage. You can do a few instantaneous tactics, like removing heavy items from the trunk and adding a fuel additive to your gas tank or engine. Then there are a few things you can do that will improve your fuel efficiency overtime; such as using the proper viscosity motor oil, always driving smoothly, slowing down when you drive, avoiding long idle times, avoid fast accelerations, drive the speed limit on interstates and highways, combining visits, and carpooling to work and school. And then there are services you can outsource from a trained car mechanic to promote fuel efficiency and obtain better gas mileage. These services include:
• Tire Rotation and Balancing
• Tire Pressure and Inflation
• Brake Pad Replacement
• Brake Pad Repair
• Brake Rotor Replacement
• Vehicle Alignment
• Air/Oil Filter Replacement
• Spark Plug Replacement (after 100,000 miles)
• And More!
You can research fuel efficiency on your own, but a licensed mechanic will provide trusted information, and most of the time, at no cost. Consult your mechanic about improving fuel efficiency for your specific make and model vehicle. Below are some myths about fuel efficiency that you should ignore from now on!
1. Small Cars Get Better Fuel Mileage
Size has nothing to do with fuel efficiency. Everything under the hood, the materials used to manufacture the vehicle, and proper maintenance are what make vehicles fuel-efficient. Advancements in technology that promote better fuel economy include diesel engines, turbochargers, hybrid drive-trains, and low-rolling resistance tires.
2. Manual Transmissions Get Better Gas Mileage
Although true in the past, new advancements in automatic-transmission technology has made this a modern-day myth. More gears has led to less wasted fuel and much more. Whether you choose manual or automatic, fuel efficiency will not be comprised by this decision.
3. Old Cars Get Poor Gas Mileage
A vehicle is really only as old as its engine. And so long as the engine is properly maintained over the years of ownership and use, the gas mileage should not be affected. In fact, there is a vehicle “break-in” period (the first 5,000 miles or so) where the fuel efficiency actually improves, rather than declines!
4. Replacing the Air Filter Will Jump-Kick Fuel Economy
If your car has an older engine with a carburetor still, then this myth is a little true. But fuel economy for modern fuel-injected cars and trucks is not influenced by a singular filter change. Fuel-injected engines delivers lower emissions and improved fuel economy. An on-board computer automatically adjusts the fuel-flow depending on the amount of air entering the engine.
5. Premium Fuel Will Improve Gas Mileage
This will just end up being a waste of money. Premium fuel does not equal better fuel economy. In fact, using a higher-octane fuel will not alter vehicle performance at all. Only use premium gas if your vehicle’s owners’ manual suggests to; otherwise, stick to unleaded.