3 Easy Ways to Increase Fuel Efficiency
Fuel efficiency is all the rage now. Forget big, loud vehicles - everyone is more concerned about what they’re paying at the pump, and being as green as possible without sacrificing comfort. The most compelling argument for fuel efficiency is of course the cost, but there are other added benefits. A car that is using gasoline efficiently isn’t leaving anything extra behind. That means less damage and gunk in your engine. It means your car will make it to gas stations for years longer than other cars, as well as visiting those gas stations less frequently. Pretty much everyone is recognizing the benefits of fuel efficiency - but how can you make sure you are maximizing your fuel efficiency? Naturally, the best thing is to buy a car that is designed for fuel efficiency, but even if you have a car that isn’t traditionally fuel efficient you can increase your current fuel efficiency. You can even do it for under $20 and save money in the long run! Here’s how:
- Visit the air pump! So many people are driving around on over- or under-inflated tires. If your tires are over-or under-inflated your engine is working harder to compensate for that imbalance. Properly inflated tires can increase your fuel efficiency up to 3%, but they require frequent maintenance. Tires naturally lose PSI (pounds per square inch) over time, and even more in cold weather. You should check your tire pressure regularly - ideally every week, but at least once a month. Find the nearest gas station with an air pump and stop there regularly. It can also help to buy newer, more narrow tires as they can last longer and boost fuel economy.
- Slow down and drive smart. Try your hardest to avoid hard breaking, stop-and-go traffic, and be extra careful with your shifting in a manual transmission. Think about how hard your car is working and try to monitor its effort. That means avoiding running air conditioning or heat for extreme temperatures for long periods of time.
- Use a fuel additive like CleanBoost Maxx. Fuel additives bond with the fuel you buy at the pump, making it cleaner, safer, and more efficient. The fuel burns more completely and safely, leaving fewer chemicals behind in your engine and in the air. Fuel additives mean that you will have to fill up less frequently, since your fuel will last longer. The best part? Fuel additives are completely affordable and couldn’t be easier to use. You simply add a little to your tank when you fill up with gas and - VOILA! - you are automatically more fuel efficient with just a few seconds of your time.
Regardless of the car you drive or the budget you have for fuel and auto purposes - air pressure, careful driving, and a fuel additive are a few quick and easy choices to improve your fuel efficiency and save you money in the long run.