Let’s face it – most of us with older vehicles are suffering from poor gas mileage and with a struggling economy, a majority of us can’t just run out and buy the latest and greatest fuel efficient vehicle. Fortunately, not all hope is lost. There is plenty of things you can do to get the most out of your vehicle, but if all else fails, consider purchasing a more economical like a Hyundai Sonata
(1.) Drive Sensibly
Yes, yes, I know. We all want to get to our destination a little faster, especially in this chilly weather. However, aggressive driving is quick to waste gas. As a matter of fact, excessive braking, rapid acceleration and speeding can easily be considered the biggest impact to the gas tank. Of course, sensible driving is also much safer for you and other drivers.
(2.) Remove Excess Weight
Excessive junk in the trunk is also fairly quick to reduce fuel economy. According to fueleconomy.gov, an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent! Okay, so 2 percent doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but it certainly adds up overtime. The less work your vehicle has to do, the less work your wallet has to do. So if you are looking to cry less at the gas station, the dealers at our Hyundai dealership suggest removing the unnecessary items from your trunk.
(3.) “Do you know why I’m pulling you over?”
This goes hand-in-hand with driving sensibly but seriously, observe the speed limit! Of course, each vehicle reaches optimal fuel economy at a different speed. For example, my vehicle reaches optimal performance and fuel economy at about 45 MPH. However, almost all vehicles start to suffer a bit after it reaches 50 MPH. “You can assume that each 5 MPH you drive over 50 MPH is like paying an additional $0.27 per gallon for gas.” says the U.S. Department of Energy. Scary huh? Again, easy with the led foot! If you really want to go above and beyond the call of duty, use cruise control!
(4.) Avoid Idling When Possible
Idling can drain up half a gallon of fuel per hour. Yes, half a gallon! I’ll be honest, this is news to me also. As a matter of fact, I used to spend my lunch hour taking a nap in an idling vehicle because I felt like it was harmful to my engine to keep turning my vehicle on and off. In reality, turning on a vehicle only takes a few seconds worth of fuel. Of course, excessively turning a vehicle on and off can slowly start to damage your starter, but the technicians at the Hyundai Lake Jackson dealership say that the impact your doing to the environment (and your wallet) is much more costly.
(5.) Keep Tires Inflated Properly
Seriously, the Hyundai dealers in Lake Jackson can’t say this enough – check your tire pressure often! The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is typically found on a sticker within the inside of the driver door. If not, check your vehicle manual. This sticker will give you the exact number your tires need to be at to achieve maximum fuel efficiency and safety. Keep in mind that large changes in weather can also be quick to decrease your tire pressure, so its best to check back often.
I could go on and on for days. There are a ton of things you could do to improve your fuel economy. However, if all else fails and the cons outweigh the pros, consider a more efficient vehicle like the Hyundai Sonata. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $958 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.83.” These numbers are staggering and can cause a serious dent in the bank account.
(Specials thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy @ http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/drive.shtml)