Saving fuel isn’t rocket science. It also doesn’t require much effort. With these simple but effective fuel saving tips, you can save a lot of money, especially now that gas prices have been going through the roof.
- Follow the maintenance schedule
- Check your tires regularly
- Don’t bother with premium gas
- Lose the excess weight
- Fill up on the good gas
Follow the maintenance schedule
Your car cannot run in its most efficient state when components are bad. This is why it’s important to follow the maintenance schedule to make sure your car is in tip-top condition, giving you the best possible fuel mileage.
In addition, preventive maintenance will save you from the trouble and hassle of costly repairs. So, don’t wait for your car to break down before giving it the required maintenance. Maintenance parts such as oil, oil filter, air filter, fuel filter, and the like are cheaper than replacing damaged parts caused by any of them.
Check your tires regularly
Running on under-inflated tires requires more effort from the engine, burning more fuel than normal. This is because under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance. So, make sure to check your tires regularly and follow the recommended tire pressure by your manufacturer.
This will not only allow you to save fuel, it will also help you prevent premature wear, tread separation, and blowouts. According to experts, under-inflation is one of the leading causes of tire failure. If tire pressure is too low, too much of the tire’s surface area touches the road thereby increasing friction and causing serious problems. Read more here.
Don’t bother with premium gas
There’s a reason why your car manufacturer has a recommended fuel octane rating for your vehicle. Following the recommended fuel octane is important for two simple reasons: using a lower octane is detrimental to your engine and using a higher octane is totally pointless.
Premium fuels are not some kind of performance-enhancing drug that is capable of boosting a car’s performance more than its limit. Indeed, using premium fuels will give you zero difference in performance, emission, and gas mileage. A regular car designed to use 91-octane fuel is incapable of digesting 100-octane fuel, the car will just treat the latter the same as the former. This is why there is no sense in using higher octane fuels. Read more here.
Lose the excess weight
Carrying unnecessary things inside your car adds more weight, requiring the engine to burn for fuel for the extra effort. Removing your sports equipment, table, compact chair, stroller, or whatever stuff you have inside the car could lighten its weight, thereby increasing fuel mileage. Give your car compartment a clear out and try not to travel with items you don’t really need.
Fill up on the good gas
Yes, it is important to choose the right brand. For instance, Shell offers FuelSave Gasoline which improves your engine efficiency. As tested and certified by experts, it provides extra miles with each full tank. We’ve proven this claim to be true as well. Anyway, they would be facing lawsuits for false advertising otherwise.
In addition, branded fuels usually have cleaning agents designed to keep inlet valves clean and prevent deposit formation. This is also proven to improve overall engine efficiency. More importantly, there is no risk of having water mixed in your fuel.