10 Ways How To Stretch Your Tank Of Gas This Memorial Day Weekend
If you’re like the 33% of Americans planning to travel this holiday weekend there are 10 things you can do before you hit the road that will help you stretch a tank of gas:
- Check your air filter: a clogged air filter leaves your engine gasping for breath and means you’re probably running with a “rich” mixture, that is, more gas and less air. Replace your filter.
- Get your oil changed: dirty oil cuts back engine efficiency, so make sure your oil is changed according to the car manufacturer’s recommended schedule.
- Check your fan belt: if your fan belt is too tight, your engine is working too hard and wasting gas. The belt should give a little to finger pressure when the engine is not running. if it doesn’t, you can easily adjust the tension with a wrench.
- Replace your spark plugs: badly worn spark plugs can cost you as much as 2 mpg per trip.
- Lighten up the load: heavier cars are more costly to run. A reduction of 200 pounds in automotive weight typically improves fuel economy by nearly 5%.
- Turn down the air: use the air conditioner in your car as little as possible. It uses a lot of gas. Roll down the windows and get some fresh air.
- Cruise: using cruise control can save gas. If you drive on the open road often, staying at a constant speed will save fuel.
- Hit the road early: if you’re taking a trip, start early in the day while traffic is light. Plan to stop for meals at times when traffic is heavy.
- Revving is a no, no: don’t rev the engine and then quickly shut your car off. This wastes gas. It also pumps raw gasoline into the cylinder walls. This can wash away a film of oil that protects the cylinders and will increase engine wear.
- Check your tires: Underinflation of your tires can cost you as much as 1 mpg. Radial tires have 50% less road resistance, so they give you 3 to 19% better mpg.