Easy Ways To Increase Your Car's Fuel Efficiency

by Kausik Dutta - Date: 2007-03-31 - Word Count: 483 Share This!

With rising gas prices and environmental issues taking center stage, it's no wonder that many people are looking into more fuel efficient cars. But what if you can't afford a new hybrid, or you need the extra room that your SUV gives you? The good news is there are many ways to make whatever car you own more fuel-efficient, saving you gas money and helping to reduce emissions at the same time.

Many people use their cars as extra storage facilities. But all that extra weight in your car really affects your mileage. If you have to load up your car for work every day, take out the equipment on the weekends. Some people keep recreational equipment in their cars all the time, just in case the opportunity arises. A better idea is to keep your golf clubs, bicycle, tackle boxes, etc. in an easily accessible place in the garage so when that perfect day comes around you can throw it in the car and go. Keeping it out of the car when you don't need it can make a big difference in fuel economy.

Another thing that many people forget may be the simplest. Check your tire pressure, and check it often. Everyone should keep a tire gauge in their car. They only cost about a dollar and are no bigger than a pen. Tires can be low in pressure without looking that way, and low pressure in your tires means less fuel efficiency. It only takes a moment to check your tires and most gas stations offer air for only a quarter or two. A good idea is to check your tires once a week and before and after long trips.

Keeping your car running well and servicing it when needed will also help keep your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. A car that has to work harder because of parts that need to be cleaned or replaced will hurt your fuel economy. Parts to check often are: air filters, spark plugs, PVC valve, fuel injector, oxygen sensor and fuel filter. These are some of the most common parts that can affect your car's fuel efficiency, especially if you have a high performance vehicle or SUV.

Besides keeping your car light, checking tire pressure, and maintaining your car's parts, there are things that you can do everyday to help lower emissions and save you gas. Try to combine trips into one big errand instead of making several trips a day or week. Don't drive in a rush - stopping and starting abruptly and driving too fast is dangerous and wastes gas.

Making an effort to take care of your vehicle and utilizing these easy steps will not only help save you money at the gas pump, you will be helping the environment as well. Now that you know how easy it is you can get started today!

Lou Karron writes consumer automotive advice for www.bestperformanceautoparts.com.

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