5 Tips to Improve Your MPG This Year

2019 Hyundai Elantra MPG

Fuel prices go up and down,so it makes sense to try to get the most from your gas mileage when the prices are higher. Whether you commute during the work week, enjoy traveling, or just drive around your town, there are plenty of ways to improve your car's gas mileage that work on any vehicle.

Efficient Hyundai Elantra Rear

Tip 1 - Drive slower and don't accelerate suddenly

Two of the quickest ways to burn fuel are to drive at high speeds and accelerate quickly from a stop. The faster you drive, the more drag your vehicle has to combat. All that work consumes fuel. The same goes for sudden and heavy acceleration. If you've heard the term "give it more gas", that's exactly what you're doing when you stomp on the gas pedal. You're requiring the vehicle to use more gas to meet the demand, which obviously decreases your fuel efficiency.

Tip 2 - Keep your tires properly inflated

This is one of the easiest ways to improve your gas mileage, but it requires remembering to check your tires with a gauge and then getting to the gas station to add air. However, a good way to remember is to check your tire pressure every time you fill up. Modern tires are designed to hold their shape and therefore do not necessarily look saggy when they're low on air. The only way to know for sure is to use a tire gauge.

Tip 3 - Don't let your car idle for long periods

In the course of driving your car during the week, there are many opportunities for prolonged idling. Whether it's warming your car up in the morning or sitting in a long drive-thru line, idling burns between half a gallon to a gallon per hour. If you drive a lot, you can easily see how much you idle during the day. The easiest way to combat this is to shut your car off if you will be sitting at a stop for more than a few minutes. Modern cars are fully capable of being ready to drive after warming up for only a minute or two. There's no need to let them sit for five, ten or even 15 minutes.

Tip 4 - Check and replace your air filter

Many drivers tend to forget about this easy item to check and replace. Your car needs a precise mixture of air and fuel to run properly and efficiently. If your air filter is clogged with dirt and debris, the engine has to work harder to pull in the right amount of air to mix with fuel. Follow your owner's manual for suggested air filter replacement intervals, but you should check it more often if you frequently drive in dirty or dusty conditions.

Tip 5 - Use cruise control

You can get the most fuel efficiency out of your car on the highway if you use cruise control. Not only can it reduce your need for braking and accelerating, but it can keep you from driving at unsafe speeds without realizing it.

Older cars, heavier cars and those with larger engines tend to be the worst in terms of gas mileage. Stop by our dealership today if you're interested in finding a more fuel-efficient vehicle for your garage. We make the car-buying process painless and worry-free.

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