10 Ways To Stretch Your Tank Of Gas This Memorial Day Weekend
If you’re like a huge chunk of Americans planning to travel this coming holiday weekend 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?
1. Check your air filter: a clogged air filter means you’re probably running with more gas and less air. In other words, you’re forcing your engine to gasp for air and that’s a bad thing. Replace your filter.
2. Get your oil changed: your dad was right when he told you that dirty oil cuts back engine efficiency, so make sure your oil is changed according to the car manufacturer’s recommended schedule.
3. Check your fan belt: if your fan belt is too tight, your enginewill work too hard and you’ll waste gas and at that rate, you might as well drive with your windows down and toss dollar bills into the wind. Your 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 or stop by a garage and ask them to do it for you- it should only take a minute.
4. Replace your spark plugs: badly worn spark plugs can cost you as much as 2 mpg per trip.
5. Lighten the load: the heavier your car is, the more it’ll cost you to run it. If you were to reduce 200 pounds of weight, you’d improve your fuel economy by nearly 5%.
6. Turn down the air: use the air conditioner in your car as little as possible. It uses a lot of gas. Life is short- so what if your hair gets windblown- roll down the windows and take in some fresh air.
7. Cruise: did you know that using cruise control can save gas? That’s a fact! If you drive on the open road often, staying at a constant speed will save fuel.
8. 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.
9. 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 which can can wash away a film of oil that protects the cylinders and will increase engine wear.
10. Check your tires: under-inflation 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.