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Help get the Best Fuel Mileage for your Vehicle

by | Jul 28, 2014 | Auto Repair, Car Care Tips, Fuel Efficiency, General Car Maintenance

To help get the best fuel mileage possible, it is important to go to regularly scheduled maintenances for your vehicle. This can help to determine if parts or components of the vehicle need to be repaired or replaced. If there is an issue with the vehicle between visits, it is recommended you bring it in as soon as possible. This way the issue can be resolved before further damage is done to the part of the vehicle. This can reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown as well. By having the vehicle maintained, it can decrease the possibility of a costly repair bill in the future. Regular maintenances can also help to improve the fuel mileage for your vehicle. This can add up to significant savings over time.

How to improve the Fuel Mileage

auto-repair-6To help improve the mileage, there are some steps you can do to help increase the fuel efficiency when you travel. Something that will make a big difference in fuel mileage is lightening your load of everything you do not need before you set out. Make sure to check your glove compartment and trunk for any unneeded items. Having added weight in your vehicle significantly decreases the fuel mileage. Check and make sure that your vehicle does not need any major maintenance done on it. Always check your tire pressure and for proper tire inflation. Having an underinflated tire will result in poor fuel mileage because your vehicle has to work harder. Also make sure to watch the speed when you drive. All vehicles have an optimum fuel consumption speed, which is where the car can travel the farthest and use the least amount of fuel. Going too fast and changing your speed a lot can hinder your fuel mileage, it is best to set your cruise control.  The cruise control helps to ensure that you are always going at a constant speed and are not risking going too fast. Keeping your speed steady will save you gallons of fuel and also make for a smoother more comfortable ride.

Fuel Mileage can vary from vehicle to vehicle

There are some steps you can take to prevent a major loss of fuel mileage. Not only should you get rid of unnecessary items and check your tire pressure just like you would with a smaller vehicle, you should also try and drive more conservatively to see better fuel mileage. Do not take turns too quickly or accelerate too fast either. Since SUVs are bigger they require more energy to move. Being easy with your driving can really make a difference.

Hybrid Cars are another option

Hybrid cars use an electric motor which stores energy that would otherwise be wasted during braking or when driving downhill. Depending on the type of hybrid system used, hybrid cars can achieve as much as 200 miles per gallon or more. Before you set out on your family vacation this summer, take the time to perform a few steps that will increase your fuel mileage and save you money.