Top 5 Tips for Improving Gas Mileage

One of the big questions that is always on any driver’s mind is their gas mileage. How much farther can I go on this tank? When will I need to refill? Where’s the best/cheapest gas? At Auto Excel in Lexington, KY, we know a thing or two about cars and have a few tips for you to make the most of your tank.

1.  Loosen up on that Lead Foot!

It’s estimated that drivers lose 15% of their gas mileage when driving over 65 miles per hour! You can also save some gas by stopping more slowly, rather than hitting the breaks.

2.  Be Economical about where you Fill Up

For about 75% of cars, the pricier fuels and gas stations give you absolutely zero benefits. Chances are that your car can run perfectly fine on the cheapest gas you can find. We recommend you fill up at the most cost-effective gas stations, supporting the reasonable choices and shunning the overpriced.

3.  Tires, Tires, Tires!

First off, make sure the type of tire you’re rolling on is best suited to your driving habits and the environment. Spend some time considering what tires are best for the season, weather, and whether standard or low resistance are better for you. Once you’ve checked that box, always check that your tire pressure is up to par.

4.  Regular Maintenance

Keeping your air filters, spark plugs, oil, and fuel injectors clean and in good repair can all positively affect your gas mileage.

5.  Extraneous Add-Ons

That canoe case atop your Jeep may do wonders for your travels and aesthetic, but I’m willing to bet that it is useless for your daily commute. Racks and storage can create drag and reduce your gas mileage. If you’re looking to save gas, it’s a good plan to take down your roof rack when you don’t explicitly need it.

Want to know more about improving your gas mileage? We have lots of suggestions and ideas! Contact us or come on into Auto Excel in Lexington, KY anytime between 7:45 am and 5:30 pm on weekdays.

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