It’s starting to get warmer outside, the sun’s staying up longer and the trees are turning greener. What’s a more quintessential way to celebrate Summer than with a road-trip!
Whether you’re driving an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish or a Toyota Prius C, fewer stops for fuel equals fewer “are we there yet?”s.
Now, you may be thinking something along the lines of“my car’s old or it has a huge engine, there’s no way I could even hope to have decent gas mileage”, but that’s not true!
Again, no matter what you drive, there are tips and tricks to maximize your car’s efficiency.
- Don’t use your car as an extra closet: Excess cargo adds weight and more weight means that the engine has to work harder to move the car, thus using more fuel. You may think it’ll only be a minimal difference but it’s the small things that add up.
- Inflate those tires: Keep your tire pressure at the recommended levels, often listed on a yellow sticker around the door frame. Underinflated tires are more resistance to rolling. Imagine trying to roll a soccer ball that’s all floppy; it’s not going far without a lot of effort. The same goes for your car and its tires.
- Give your car some TLC and keep up with maintenance: Related to fuel economy, regularly replacing the air filter allows the car’s engine to breathe better and extract more energy from each drop of fuel. Also, regular oil changes allow the internal components to move with less friction and therefore less effort.
I know, I know. It all feels a bit daunting in list form but, believe me, it’s not too bad. Many of these items fall under regular vehicle maintenance so you should be doing those things already…
Don’t own a car? Use this knowledge to lecture a friend or family member and tell them to use the money that they saved on fuel to treat you to a nice dinner.
Onward to Adventure!