So your used car is starting to show its age when it comes to gas mileage. What do you do? Is it time to buy a newer car, with better fuel economy?
Maybe not. Most experts agree that the biggest factor affecting fuel efficiency is not the car but the way it is driven. So here are a few tips on improving your fuel economy that we like to follow at Pfeiffer Plainfield Used Cars:
- Slow down. Mileage tends to decrease quickly at speeds above 50 mph. For every 5 mph you drive above that limit, you may be paying an addition 26 cents per gallon!
- Drive smoothly. Take longer braking distances and accelerate more smoothly. This keeps the revs low and can increase your mileage by up to 33 percent! It also has the added bonus of extending the life of your tires and brakes!
- Manage the A/C. The air compressor takes a toll out of the engine, so it’s better to leave it off at low speeds and roll the windows down instead. At high speeds, the open windows will increase air resistance and the engine can run the compressor efficiently, so turn the A/C back on.
We hope these simple fuel economy tips helped. Although if you are still getting bad mileage after following this advice, maybe it’s time to stop by Pfeiffer Plainfield Used Cars to trade it in for a more efficient vehicle.