We have all been there, at the gas station filling up the gas tank watching how quickly the price of gas rises with every second and how slowly the gas tank is filling up. It is annoying and frustrating and it seems like there is nothing that you can do. However there are some very simple solutions to this problem. When you apply the following simple tips to your car and driving habits you will decrease the average fuel consumption of your automobile and save a ton of money instantly!
Tip 1. Pay attention to your gas consumption as the more aware of your average fuel consumption that you are the better you will be at improving your gas mileage. You can observe your gas consumption by keeping a fuel log in your car at all times. Simply keep a notebook and a pen in your car and take note at how much you spend in gas and how many miles you get per gallon. This is going to help you develop the habit of knowing exactly how much you are spending at the pump.
Tip 2. Keep your gas level above the quarter tank at all times and never drive your car on empty. It may seem like driving your car on empty is using less gas but it is actually using more gas and raising your average fuel consumption. The reason for this is because your car is running less efficiently as it tries to accelerate and decelerate in the normal manner.
Tip 3. Getting your car tuned on a regular basis is one of the best things that can be done to make your car more fuel efficient. Recent studies have shown that the average fuel consumption of a car that has a poorly tuned engine will increase by up to 20 percent! Are you ready for the next tip?
Tip 4. Your car gives you signs all the time so pay attention to them! When that red light on your dashboard lights up telling you that it is time to “check your gauges” then have them checked as soon as possible. If you are unsure of when the last time your car was serviced then you should contact your auto mechanic or which ever mechanic has helped you last. In doing this you can find out how long it has been since your car has been checked and also schedule an appointment at the same time.
Tip 5. My final suggestion for you is to keep your car clean and waxed when possible. This will only help a little bit however every bit counts. Keeping your car clean will reduce the amount of drag on your car and therefore decrease your average fuel consumption.