Follow these great tips to help get better gas mileage out of your vehicle
Looking to get the best gas mileage out of your Toyota? Here are 4 tips recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy that can help you reduce the amount of gas you use on a day-to-day basis.
Drive more efficiently. Aggressive driving (which includes speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking) is not only safer for you and others, but it also wastes a lot of gas. According to fueleconomy.gov, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying $0.24 more per gallon of gas, so observe the speed limits. Also, avoid keeping excess items in your car, as the extra weight can negatively affect your gas mileage. Using cruise control on the highway can also help you save gas.
Keep your car in shape. You can improve your vehicle’s gas mileage by an average of 4 percent by keeping its engine properly in tune. Fixing a serious maintenance problem (like a faulty oxygen sensor) can improve mileage by as much as 40%. Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel economy and are unsafe, so it is important to maintain proper tire pressure. You can also improve your gas mileage by up to 1 to 2 percent by using the recommended grade of motor oil for your car.
Plan and combine your trips. If you know you have to run multiple errands in one day, combine them into one trip to save time and money. This ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed up and efficient. When traveling to work, it is most efficient to avoid peak rush hours if possible, since sitting idle in traffic wastes gas. Take advantage of carpool and ride-share programs to cut your weekly fuel costs. Also, HOV lanes are typically less congested. Consider using public transportation if it is available.
Choose the right car. Selecting which vehicle to purchase is perhaps the most important fuel economy decision you will make. The difference between a car that gets 20 miles per gallon and one that gets 30 miles per gallon amounts to around $832 a year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.33) – that’s $4,162 extra in fuel costs over 5 years.
At San Francisco Toyota, fuel economy is very important to us, and we offer a number of fuel-efficient vehicles at affordable prices. To learn more, call, contact us online, or visit us today.