Home Money Management How to Get Better Gas Mileage

I’m pretty irritated with the high gas price. What is really going on?!?! Fortunately there are ways to save money with better gas mileage. This week’s video shows us how.

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach, Automotive Expert

  • Last year, 147 million gallons of gasoline evaporated because of loose, missing or broken gas caps.  Make sure your gas cap is securely fastened.  Turn it until you hear the clicking sound.
  • Keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your fuel economy by 1 to 2 miles to a gallon.  Check your tire pressure once a month using a digital tire gauge.  You will find the proper PSI for your vehicle on the inside of your driver-side door or in your owner’s manual. Check your tire pressure in the morning, when tires are cool, to get the most accurate reading.
  • Get the extra junk out of your trunk!  Reducing the weight your car has to carry can save you a lot of money at the pump.
  • Allowing your car to idle burns a lot of fuel. Instead of using the drive-thru, park and walk inside.
  • Take car of your engine:
  1. Replace your air filter every 6 months.  If your car can’t “breathe” properly, it will use too much fuel.
  2. Maintain your spark plugs.
  3. Using a full synthetic oil will lower your emissions and will improve your fuel economy by 2-3%.

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