How to Improve Gas Mileage Without Buying a New Car

June 21, 2013
Empty fuel tank.

Empty fuel tank. Sure, buying a hybrid vehicle can increase your fuel efficiency – but what if you can’t afford a new vehicle right now, or don’t like any of the current hybrid offerings? There are a lot of ways to reduce your fuel consumption, even if your daily ride has been in the driveway for a few years.

Here are 5 ways to increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and get better gas mileage:

1. Regular maintenance

Regular oil changes and tune-ups will help keep your car running at peak performance.

2. Shift earlier

High RPMs = low fuel efficiency. That means driving like you’re racing the car next to you isn’t going to cut your fuel costs. If your car has a standard transmission, upshift earlier to reduce fuel consumption. Actual RPMs will vary by model, so check your owner’s manual to learn when to shift to the next highest gear.

3. Drive conservatively

Accelerating and braking quickly can make your engine work harder and burn more fuel. Avoid slamming on the brakes or accelerating rapidly, except in emergency situations.

4. Clean out your car

Extra junk in your trunk weighs down your vehicle, which means you use more gas to get around. Remove heavy items that you don’t regularly use.

5. Consolidate trips

Try to plan trips in advance, and combine errands whenever possible. Why not stop at the grocery store and post office on the way back from getting your hair cut?

Do you have any tried-and-true fuel-saving tips? Share them with us in the comment section below.

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