If you’ve made more than a few road trips this summer and are looking to save a little money on gas going into the fall, then Jim Shorkey in North Huntingdon has you covered. Besides buying a fuel efficient vehicle, like the Mitsubishi Mirage or Kia Optima Hybrid, we’ve got some tips to increase your fuel efficiency in no time.
Lighten your load
Extra weight in the car means more energy consumption. Removing items you don’t need from your car can really improve fuel efficiency. It may be convenient to have those items on hand, but it’s costing you money to haul it around.
Take care of your tires
Underinflated tires are not only bad for fuel efficiency but are also dangerous. Tires that are properly inflated will have less friction on the road, which reduces the energy required to run the engine. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), maintaining tire pressure at the automaker’s recommended level can improve gas mileage by up to 6 percent. Check your tires at least once a month and before going on a long trip.
Be easy on the road
Smooth driving is the key to fuel efficiency. Abrupt acceleration and braking not only deplete fuel efficiency by 33 percent, but also result in excessive amounts of pollutants. Research shows that 1 second of putting the pedal to the metal produces as much carbon monoxide as 30 minutes of normal driving does.
Install window film to keep cool
We know Pittsburgh summers are hot, but using the air-conditioning drastically increases fuel consumption and emits harmful substances in the atmosphere. Parking in the shade and leaving the windows down are a great way to reduce the use of air-conditioning. You can also keep your vehicle cooler by installing window film. It is relatively inexpensive to install and extremely durable.