There are several components to getting great gas mileage out of your vehicle. And, the great news is that most of them are well within your control and fairly easy to do. Probably the easiest way to save a fortune at the gas pump, though, is to make sure you buy a car that is built with an efficient engine. If you’re in the market for such a car, you can read about the fuel consumption and efficiency factors of practically every make and model you could think of at Cars.com.
Once the car is yours, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure you’re getting the most out of the vehicle. Proper tire pressure, believe it or not, can have a significant effect on fuel consumption. If your tires are underinflated, there will be more surface contact with the road, this will create more friction and require more power to push the car along. Power is generated by fuel and the more power required, the more fuel needed. The proper tire pressure settings should be listed on the inside panel of your driver’s side door. In addition, most gas stations that offer air machines will provide air pressure gauges to take the guess work out of filling your tires correctly.
Another tip for getting the most out of your vehicle is to drive calmly and to take your time. Racing from one stop light to the next, stopping and then accelerating quickly, or otherwise driving erratically, uses up a lot of gas. Leave earlier than you need to so that you can calmly and conservatively drive from point A to point B. Gas consumption on city streets is always greater than gas consumption on the highway. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done about that.
You might also consider using a higher grade of gas. Yes, it will cost a bit more upfront when you fill up your car. But, the increased cost on the front end will even out when your car is performing better and a tank of gas lasts for a longer period of time.