With gas prices seemingly hitting all-time highs almost every day, and with your ability to buy a new car with improved MPG over your existing clunker out of the question, you may think that you’re going to be stuck driving that old gas guzzler until the wheels come off, and end up spending more and more on gas with every fill-up.
What would you say if we told you there were EIGHT SIMPLE THINGS THAT ANYONE CAN DO that would improve your car’s MPG by as much as 33%?
Even better – it’s not like these are things that Web Watch just whipped together. Nope, these CAR MPG SAVING TIPS are coming direct from FORD MOTOR COMPANY, so you know that if THEY think that these are what you should be doing to save some money, it’s gotta be worth your time to read:
- Eliminate excess drag. If you have a car rack or are using any other car roof storage, take that thing off your car right now. If you have a pickup truck, keep the back gate UP as it was originally designed to be. Don’t drive with your windows rolled down.
- Use a tool like GAS BUDDY to try to save yourself $0.10 or more per gallon. It may sound silly to drive around a little bit out of your way, but if you can save $3-$4 per fill-up, that’s like getting a free gallon of gas!
- Keep your tires properly inflated, not too much.
- Clean out the junk in your trunk. The heavier your car is, the more gas it will take to get it moving.
- Try to keep within the speed limit as best you can. Seriously – driving like an old man actually does help improve the efficiency of your car’s engine.
- Don’t drive up and over the mountains if you can take something a bit flatter, or that uses a more efficient route (less traffic light idleing, for example)
- Stop driving aggressively, with lots of sudden accelleration and sudden stops.
- Turn off the air conditioner if you really don’t need it.