Getting Better MPG Out of Your Car
by David Sung
It’s no secret that we all like to save money. However, many people overlook their cars when it comes to saving money. Cars and trucks can be mechanically daunting, but when it comes to saving money, you’d be surprised at how simple it can be.
Pump up the Tires
Tires are the most common culprit when it comes to subpar gas mileage. There’s no need to tote around an air pump because you’ll find one at most gas stations. If you have never pumped your car’s tires before, you’ll want to find the max PSI it can handle. The PSI information is typically found on the sidewall of the tire itself or in the owner’s manual. You can find a low cost PSI reader at your local auto parts store. An under inflated tire will drag your car down, drastically reducing MPG. It’s also important to note that you should not exceed the recommended PSI, as this provides less traction.
Changing Your Air Filter
Popping the hood can be daunting, but have no fear because changing the air filter is typically a couple of snaps away. Find the housing the filter is located in, pull it out and hold it up. If you can see the sunlight through it, then it’s still usable. Many auto supply stores will gladly help you change your air filter if you’re unsure of your grease monkey abilities.
Easy on the Throttle
As simple as it may sound, slowing down will greatly improve your gas mileage. Speeding on the highway may get you to your destination faster, but you’ll pay dearly for it. Keeping in line with the speed limit will save you money on fuel, and maybe avoid a speeding ticket. ‘Jack rabbit’ starts can also eat up a lot of fuel quickly, so ease off the ‘line’ as you leave stoplights. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the road as you drive; you won’t want to hit the accelerator only to come up to a stop sign.
If you’re driving a clunker that is constantly dragging you to the pump or breaking down, it may be a worthy investment to upgrade to another vehicle that offers better gas mileage and reliability. You will not only save money on the gas and upkeep, but you’ll likely also save on headaches as well.
Don’t continue to let money slip away when it comes to your car or truck. With these tips, hopefully you’ll notice your wallet getting a little fatter!
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