How to Get Better Gas Mileage
How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Sarasota, FL
Nothing compares to the feeling of freedom that comes from cruising down an open road in a new Acura! The only thing keeping you from your next adventure is pulling up to a gas station and topping off your tank. Stopping for fuel isn’t fun, so the team at Gettel Acura wants to help you make the most out of every mile.
If you’re ready to upgrade to a more fuel-efficient ride, we have plenty of options to choose from in our electrified lineup. If you’re not ready to part ways with your gas-powered car, we have a few simple tips and tricks to help you get more out of each tank!
Six Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage
1. Avoid Rush Hour
Planning your route can help you avoid rush hour traffic and maximize your fuel efficiency. We understand that not everyone has flexible work schedules, but there are still plenty of ways to make the most out of your time after work and on the weekends. For example, if you’re planning a road trip, researching the best time to travel can help you avoid congested highways. For those with busy schedules, running errands in the evening after work can be an ideal way to dodge the dreaded 6 p.m. traffic rush. By researching the best time to travel, running errands after work or grouping your errands together can help you improve your fuel efficiency.
2. Remove Excess Weight
Carrying additional weight in your vehicle can cause an increase in drag, leading to decreased fuel efficiency. For every 100 pounds of extra weight added to your car, fuel economy can be decreased by up to one percent, causing you to spend an additional four cents per gallon at the pump!1 To maximize fuel efficiency, it’s a good idea to take out any excess items from your car, including bulky objects, boxes or other heavy items. Keeping the weight of your vehicle in check will help improve overall performance and keep you from overspending at the pump.
3. Follow the Speed Limit and Use Cruise Control
When behind the wheel, resist the temptation to go faster. Traveling at a rate higher than 50 mph can reduce your vehicle’s fuel economy.1 When it is necessary to go faster than 50 mph, cruise control can be used by drivers to maintain a consistent pace and prevent speeding on the freeway.
4. Don’t Let Your Car Idle For Long
It’s good practice to turn off your car when you’re not using it instead of leaving it idle. Doing so will help conserve fuel and save you money in the long run. If you find yourself in a situation where it’s impossible to turn off your vehicle, for example, when you’re stuck in traffic, there are still ways to conserve fuel. Simply turning off the climate control system will help reduce fuel consumption.
5. Use the Correct Grade of Motor Oil
Unless you drive an all-electric vehicle, replacing your car’s motor oil regularly is essential. We recommend always using the correct type of motor oil for your car. By following the manufacturer’s indicated motor oil, you can maximize your car’s fuel economy and save up to two percent on fuel costs!2
6. Schedule Routine Maintenance
Staying ahead of your vehicle’s maintenance requirements is important to keep it running smoothly. Caring for your car by inflating its tires properly, getting regular oil changes and scheduling other routine maintenance can help maximize your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
Do you need automotive service? Schedule an appointment with our experienced technicians today! Our team will get your vehicle back into peak performance quickly and safely.
If you need further advice about your vehicle or you’re interested in upgrading to a new fuel-efficient car or electrified vehicle, feel free to contact us or stop by our dealership at 4891 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 . We look forward to serving our customers near Bradenton, Clearwater and Tampa.
1For more information, visit Driving More Efficiently .
2For more information, visit Keeping Your Vehicle in Shape .