Tips for Saving on Gas/Fuel Economy for Commuting

With back-to-school time upon us, more college students are hitting the roads. If you’re commuting to UNM this fall, here are a few gas-saving tips that can boost your fuel economy and help keep a little extra money in your pocket.

 

Keep up with the required maintenance.

In order for a vehicle to deliver the best possible fuel economy, it needs to be properly maintained. While most drivers understand the importance of changing the motor oil, the various filters need to be replaced as well. Like a dirty air filter, a clogged fuel filter will have a negative impact on the engine’s overall efficiency. It is a good idea to replace these important filters on a yearly basis.

Pay attention to the check engine light.

Never ignore your vehicle’s check engine light. While the problem could be something simple, the best approach is to not take any chances. If the check engine light has been triggered by a bad oxygen sensor, your gas mileage may begin to plummet dramatically.

Drive slower on the highway.

Research shows that speeding can ruin your vehicle’s gas mileage. When traveling on the open road, try to keep your top speed below 60 mph. By reducing your speed, you can increase your gas mileage by up to 25 percent.

No need to let the engine idle for a long time.

Due to the arrival of fuel-injection systems, modern vehicles no longer need a long warm-up period. After allowing the motor oil to circulate for about a minute, you can safely drive the vehicle. Remember, prolonged idling can waste a lot of precious fuel.

Inflate the tires to the recommended air pressure.

To minimize unnecessary friction against the pavement, try to keep the tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires cause the engine to work much harder than it should.

If it’s time for your car to get some maintenance, bring it into Quanz Auto Body. We can help you boost its fuel economy and diagnose potential problems before they get worse.