10 Ways to Stretch Your Tank of Gas
If you’re like a huge chunk of Americans planning to travel over the next few months, there are 10 things you can do before you hit the road that will help you stretch a tank of gas and every little bit of stretching helps, doesn’t it?
Check Your Air Filter
I’m so guilty of not doing this, but did you know that if you’ve got a clogged air filter, you’re forcing your engine to gasp for air? That’s a really bad thing and it means you’re probably running on more gas and less air. The solution is simple- replace your air filter.
Get Your Oil Changed
I remember when I was a teen and my dad gave me a case of gas for Christmas. True story. My dad was right when he said that dirty oil cuts back on engine efficiency, and if it’s been a while since you had yours changed, you might want to get on it and then make sure you get it changed on schedule.
Check Your Fan Belt
Did you know that if your fan belt is too tight, your engine will work too hard? So how do you know if your belt is too tight? It should give a little when you apply pressure with your finger- if it doesn’t you can stop by a garage and ask them to do it for you (it should only take a minute).
Replace Your Spark Plugs
Worn out spark plugs can cost you as much as 2 mpg per trip. Enough said.
Lighten the Load
It’s true that the heavier your car is, the more it’ll cost to run it.
Turn Down the Air
I struggle with this one, especially on really hot and humid days, but running the air conditioner uses a lot of gas, so you should run it as little as you can.
Use Cruise Control
Believe it or not, using cruise control can save gas. If you travel out on the open road a lot, staying at a constant speed will save fuel.
Plan to Leave For Trips Early
If you’re taking a trip, hit the road early when traffic is light so that you don’t have to stop and start. And you can go an extra step and plan to stop for meals when traffic is heavy so that you’re not just sitting there wasting gas.
Don’t Rev Your Engine
Avoid revving your engine and then quickly shutting it off because it wastes gas. What it also foes is pumps raw gas into the cylinder walls which can wash away a film of oil that protects the cylinders and in turn will increase wear on your engine.
Check Your Tires
Tires without enough air pressure can also suck us gas. As a matter of fact, under-inflation of your tires can cost you as much as 1 mpg.