We all love our cars, but sometimes, our habits behind the wheel can take a toll on our wallet and the environment. How is that, you might ask? Maintaining good fuel efficiency is not just about having the right vehicle; it's also about adopting the proper driving habits - and getting rid of the ones that cause problems.
1. Ignoring Regular Maintenance
One of the most significant factors affecting your car's MPG is its overall health. Skipping routine maintenance, like oil changes, air filter replacements, and spark plug checks, can cause your engine to work harder and consume more fuel.
2. Aggressive Driving
Revving the engine, slamming on the brakes, and rapid acceleration might make you feel like a racecar driver, but it's terrible for your car's economy. Aggressive driving can increase fuel consumption by up to 40%! Instead, adopt a gentler driving style. Gradual acceleration and smooth braking are not only safer but also kinder to your MPG.
3. Idling Excessively
Leaving your engine running while parked or idling for extended periods burns unnecessary fuel. If you're going to be stopped for more than a minute or two, it's more efficient to turn off the engine and restart it when you're ready to move.
4. Overloading Your Vehicle
Carrying excess weight in your vehicle can lead to decreased fuel efficiency. Clean out your trunk and remove any unnecessary items from your car to lighten the load. Every extra pound you carry reduces your MPG.
5. Neglecting Tire Maintenance
Underinflated tires create more rolling resistance, making your engine work harder to move your car. Regularly check and maintain the proper tire pressure as recommended in the owner's manual. It's a simple step that can lead to significant fuel savings.
6. Using the A/C Unnecessarily
While it's tempting to blast the air conditioning on a scorching day, running it at full tilt can reduce your vehicle's MPG. The A/C compressor draws power from the engine, causing it to work harder. On milder days, consider rolling down the windows for natural ventilation instead of relying solely on the A/C. And when you do use it, set it to a comfortable but not overly chilly temperature to save on fuel consumption.
Tune-ups, maintenance, and a few repairs can also result in better fuel consumption, so make sure that you don't forget them. Woodie's Auto Service & Repair Centers invites you to the shop so we can take a look at everything and make things run better and smoother!