Automotive Efficiency Savings
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02/01/2012 - Automotive 

Automotive Efficiency Savings

To save money on automotive costs (especially on fuel costs), follow these tips:
(The list is in particular order.)

  • Check your tire pressure every month

    Proper pressure in your tires reduces rolling friction & thus reduces fuel costs to maintain a constant speed.
  • Feather the gas pedal for greater fuel savings

    Many people turn to the cruse control on longer drives.  However if you feather the throttle on long drives, you generally achieve a higher MPG efficiency. 
  • Turn off the A/C when not needed

    Air conditioning places a heavy load on an engine.  You can increase your MPG significantly by simple turning it off, when you don't absolutely need it.
  • Roll into stops, instead of heavy breaking

    For greater fuel efficiency & reduce the wear on your breaks, simply allow yourself enough room to roll into stops.
  • Empty the boot/trunk

    The heavier the vehicle, the more fuel it takes to propel it forward.  The basic rule is:  if you don't need to drive around with it, leave it home for greater fuel efficiency.
  • Perform basic auto maintenance

    This really does not directly affect fuel efficiency, but it help ensure your vehicle runs at peek performance & should reduce the amount of major work needed on your vehicle.
  • Drive extended distances to clean the engine

    If you use drive mostly stop-n-go traffic, go on an extended drive every so often help drive the engine clean.  This also applies to vehicles that are not driven for extended periods of time.
  • Change the oil.

    Oil is the life blood of your vehicle.  Change the oil every 3k miles or at the frequency noted in your owners manual, so your vehicle will last longer and run smoother
  • Light on the gas.

    If you are light on the gas after the changes to green, to get up to speed, you will save a large amount of fuel.
  • Find the sweet spot

    Most vehicles have a sweet spot fuel efficiency wise.  Many cars it's between 50 & 69 MPH.  If you don't speed and keep it near your vehicles the sweet spot, you will get much much better MPG.

As you can see, it boils down to applying the basics & changing your driving style.  Each point achieves a small efficiency gain, but over the long term the savings are significant.

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