Improve Your Car's Gas Mileage 

Improve Your Car's Gas Mileage

If you can’t resist hitting the pedal to the metal, you might as well forget about improving your car’s gas mileage.

Aggressive driving and fuel economy don't mix. Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking waste gas, and if you’re guilty of these, don't go scowling at the gas station attendant for having to pay so much for your car's gas. If you drove your car more sensibly (i.e. not speeding), you can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Not to mention that sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so that means you may save more than your gas money.

Observing the speed limit can likewise improve your gas mileage. While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.

Also, if you're looking to have better peace of mind when it comes to your gas expenses, try reducing your vehicle's load. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2%. (The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.)

Other ways to improve your gas mileage:

Avoid excessive idling as it achieves 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.

Use cruise control on the highway. This helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save on gas.

Use overdrive gearing. Doing so will lower your car's engine speed and this in turn, saves gas and reduces engine wear.

Don't forget too, that the simplest and easiest way to achieve better gas mileage is through taking proper care of your vehicle. A well-maintained car will undoubtedly perform much better than a car whose auto parts are malfunctioning – worn catalytic converter, loose belts or valves, misaligned wheels, or engine trouble – all will affect your car's performance, and your wallet. With reliable auto parts stores like Auto Parts Discount just a click away, there’s no need to wallow in sadness over a poor-performing car. At Auto Parts Discount, you have access to premium quality Ford radiators, Mazda catalytic converters, Nissan spoilers, Dodge A/C condensers, GMC headlights – any car make of your choice – at the most affordable prices.

Treat your car well and you can count on it returning the favor to you.

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