If you’re into DIY car maintenance, you’re probably the type who loves to tinker and get things just right, not to mention saving a bundle of money with smart shopping. While you probably know how to save money on auto repair by buying used auto parts and working on your own car, you might be surprised to know that you’re leaving money on the table when it comes to your gas consumption.
There are so many factors that affect fuel consumption in cars, so if you’re looking for ways to increase your miles per gallon (mpg), you’re in the right place. Check out some of these gas mileage boosting ideas from Carbibles.
How to Improve Gas Mileage
Keep your tires properly inflated.
Driving on under-inflated tires doesn’t just drive down your gas mileage and drain your wallet; it’s also dangerous! Underinflated tires are a safety hazard, and over time, failing to keep enough air in your tires will also cause them to wear out faster. Save money and protect yourself and other motorists by checking the air in your tires when you gas up your car.
Lighten up on that lead foot.
Here in Atlanta, we have some of the worst traffic in the country, and the “stop-and-go” nature of traffic is terrible for gas mileage. To make matters worse, many drivers gun it when traffic is moving, only to have to slam on the breaks a moment later when it inevitably slows again. Drive smarter and lighten up on the gas pedal to use your fuel more efficiently.
Replace your gas cap.
Did you know that the seal on your gas cap will fail over time? Most people don’t realize it, but the rubber seal on the gas cap does an important job, keeping excess air out of your engine. When the seal gets old and cracks, your engine ends up drawing more air, which makes it consume more gas just to get the same effect. Shop our used auto parts to find whatever you need for all of your DIY car maintenance projects.
Sub out your old belt fan for an electric thermatic fan.
If you have an older car, it probably has a belt-powered fan that increases drag on the car, in turn increasing your gas mileage. Replacing the original fan with a newer system will make even better use of your fuel.
Gas up in the morning.
According to Carbibles, you can save up to $10 per month with this so-simple-it’s-genius lifehack. The underground gas tanks where fuel is stored at gas stations are affected by the changing temperature throughout the day. When the ground is colder in the morning, the gas particles are closer together, but as the ground heats up through the day, those particles get farther apart. Gas station pumps aren’t measuring the actual density of the fuel, they just deliver a certain volume of gas based on a pre-calculated flow rate. Fuel up in the cool morning hours to get up to 2.5% more actual fuel than you would by fueling in the afternoon on a warm day.