3 Ways to Save Fuel and Make the Most Out of Your Car’s Mileage

Cars lined up in trafficOnce you get your auto loan approved by the Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union, you’re already on your way to picking up your new car and starting a new adventure. But before you hit the road, make sure to follow these tips to improve fuel efficiency.

Check your tire pressure

Under-inflated tires burn more fuel, so it’s essential to check your tire pressure at least once a month. It is not uncommon for tire pressure to go under eight pounds, and this increases rolling resistance by 5%.

Don’t let your car become idle for more than a minute

Idling consumes half a gallon to one gallon of fuel per hour. Also, it pumps needless carbon dioxide into the air, contributing to the heat island effect. Newer models are engineered to use less fuel when turning off and restarting compared to idling for longer periods.

In warming your engine, it’s better to drive it than to rev it. Revving will put more stress on your engine because of the load, so it’s better just to drive away.

Lighten your load

Having a car gives you more space for the things you want to bring on your trips, but if you want to save more on gas, you have to select your load carefully. The golden rule to save fuel on long drives is not to pack what you don’t need.

Remove roof racks if you don’t intend to use them, as they can wind drag. Remember that for every 100 extra pounds you add in the trunk, your car loses about 1% to 2% in fuel economy. Having a lighter load means better energy saving and lesser emissions.

Improving your car’s gas mileage doesn’t have to be complicated. Just keep these pointers in mind, and you’ll surely feel a difference in your driving efficiency and fuel consumption.

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