Fuel Saving Tips

Turn your engine while at idle: It's not always practical advice, because many times you cannot stop your engine in the middle of a traffic jam.

But if you'll be in a long line at McDonald's drive-in window, it's worth some thought. Even better: Why not park the car and for just a few minutes more buy what you need in the store and then head off again. Accelerate slowly but evenly. Gradual but even acceleration is a fine art for excellent drivers, and it pays off in better fuel economy.

Use a lower grade of fuel. Paying between 10 to 20 cents extra per gallon will cost you the equivalent of around 10 fill-ups per year. This is an excellent fuel saving tip that can save you a bundle of money on monthly fill ups. Check your tire pressure. Get half a gallon of fuel added to your tank free each time that you fill-up. How? By simply keeping your tire pressure at the recommended level. Tests have shown it can increase fuel efficiency by up to an extra mile per gallon. Don't over look this priceless fuel saving tip. Take the necessary time to properly inflate your car tires.

Use your cruise control. Maintaining a constant speed by setting your cruise control can boost your fuel savings. It's a fact that most car owners don't use their cruise control anywhere as much as they should use it. However, having said that; please do NOT use your cruise control on wet roads because it increases the risk of a serious accident.

Use your air conditioning wisely. On long distant trips, using your car air conditioning is actually fuel efficient because having your windows down and higher speeds can create much wind drag that makes an engine work much harder than if you had your air conditioning was running. But for short local runs about town (unless it's a really hot day) it's best if you don't use your A/C because it will cause your fuel economy to drop.

Check your brakes and transmission. Why? Aside from the importance of safety, worn or faulty brakes will make a car engine work harder to slow down which wastes fuel. A weak or slipping transmission does NOT help the fuel economy either.

Keep your car in good tune. A car that takes longer to start because of being out of tune wastes enough fuel which could give you an extra mile or two if it was properly tuned. Remember: a clean good running engine will run more efficiently and give you better fuel economy.

Limit how far you travel just to get the best price. It doesn't make much sense to drive an extra 20 miles or so about town just to find a better price when shopping. Why? Because the extra miles can quickly eat up your fuel and your savings won't amount to very much. The same applies when you're driving around trying to find the best prices on gasoline. You wind-up using more fuel for the sake of saving a few cents on a gallon of gasoline. Always pull into a station when you spot a good price and fill-up even if your tank is half-full. It's really quite easy to put into practice these fuel saving tips. What you put into it time and money you'll be able to reap the benefits and save a lot of fuel in the process. You can find other helpful advice and information regarding helpful tips about collision repair.