Fuel prices fluctuate rapidly, but regardless of the current price per liter—you still have to fill up your tank. Even if the current prices are low, every bit adds up. To help improve or maximize your fuel efficiency, turn to the tips below.
Empty Out Your Trunk
The heavier your car, the more fuel you burn driving from one place to the next. While you want to ensure you have the emergency essentials you require in your trunk, over time you may find that you have a bunch of excess. From sporting equipment, to kids toys, pet essentials, and trash—all together the excess can weight enough to burn more fuel while driving.
Maintain Your Tire Pressure
Tire pressure plays a major role in fuel efficiency, but many car owners forget to check their pressure. Underinflated tires can cost drivers $0.24 per kilometer or more. The good news is, both checking your pounds per square inch (psi) and adding air to your tires is fast and easy. Many gas stations and garages have both air pressure gauges and air, or you can buy your own air pressure gauge. Your required psi can be found in your driver’s manual, or on the sticker of your driver’s side door. Most mechanics are available to check your tire pressure for free in-between maintenance.
Invest In Regular Oil Changes And Tune Ups
Oil changes and tune ups are essential for many reasons, including improving fuel efficiency. During your oil change, you will be notified of any minor investments you need to make—such as investing in a new air filter, or getting new spark plugs before your next tune up. Your car’s make, model, and year will determine how often you should go in for an oil change and tune up—as well as your driving habits.
Repair Or Remove Any Items Of Resistance
Aerodynamics come in to play while driving. Any excess items of resistance on your car can create drag, and in turn reduce your fuel efficiency. This includes your overhead ski rack, or any damaged items that create drag—such as a broken spoiler, damaged fender, or dragging muffler.
These are some of the most effective ways of improving your fuel efficiency, all of which are easy to implement.