Five Tips to Maximize Your MPGs

February 27th, 2015 by

 We all know that investing in a fuel-efficient new car is one of the easiest ways to cut down on expenditures, but what can you do if that’s simply not an option, and you’re stuck driving an older vehicle? Are you simply destined to shell out more of your hard-earned cash at the pump with every visit?price of gas

Bosak Honda Michigan City has some tips for you to help maximize your fuel economy, and they’ll work for all cars new and old.

How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

There’s no magic trick that will make your car more fuel-efficient; it’s all about the science.

  • Regular oil changes ensure that your oil is actually doing its job, lubricating engine parts and cutting down on friction. By reducing that friction, it means your engine is capable of doing more work—or the same work for less energy. Keeping up with your oil changes can improve your fuel economy by as much as 10-20%.

  • Replacing your air filter lets your engine receive the right amount of oxygen to help use the right amount of fuel. A dirty or clogged filter can cause your engine to run rich and start burning too much gas.

  • Keep your tires inflated. If your tires are under-inflated, they will have more surface area in contact with the road. Not only will this wear through your tires much more quickly than you were planning for, it also increases the amount of friction your car has to overcome to get moving and keep moving.

  • Drive smart. You might be surprised how many people waste gas without even realizing it. Be willing to coast to a stop slowly instead of hitting that accelerator one last time and needing to brake hard (it’s easier on your car too).

  • Obeying the speed limit can actually help you conserve fuel too; every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph can reduce your overall fuel economy by as much as 7%.

Schedule Your Oil Change Today

We know that a lot of drivers let their cars go over the limit on their oil changes, but it really is one of the easiest ways to improve your fuel economy. Be sure to schedule an oil change at Bosak Honda Michigan City today.

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