Gas and diesel are significant expenses for anyone that owns or operates a vehicle. It is in everyone’s best interest to optimize their fuel efficiency and save time and money.
Turns out, saving gas can be as simple as improving your driving. First of all, slow down- keeping an appropriate distance between you and other vehicles means that you’ll brake less and accelerate less. You should also accelerate slower. In the winter, try not to warm up your vehicle for more than 30 seconds. When sitting and waiting at a train crossing or for any prolonged period of time, you should consider shutting down. These techniques will also make you a safer driver.
Tire pressure directly effects fuel economy, so be sure to keep your tires full at all times. Buy a personal pressure gauge so you can check them often. Keeping on top of your oil changes and air filter maintenance will also save you gas, improving fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent. You should also make sure that you are using the correct type of gas and oil recommended for your vehicle. Check your manual to confirm maintenance schedules and details. Lastly, cleaning out your car and lessening its weight can help, as well.
The same methods of proper maintenance and safer driving techniques apply to diesel vehicles, as well. In addition, there is a sweet spot in the torque that you can find that allows your truck to operate at optimum efficiency. You can also modify your vehicle by installing airdog filters, to further improve fuel economy. Learning how to read and interpret your boost gauge can also allow you to catch problems early that may be eating up your gas.
Improving the way your vehicle uses gas is easier than you think. Small changes in your everyday routine can make all the difference. Make a plan for yourself as soon as possible.