Ten Tips to Increase MPG

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Ten Tips to Increase MPG

Donlen-Fuel-EconomyThere are many tips to use while driving to help increase your fuel economy such as avoiding excessive breaking, jackrabbit starts and stops, and speeding. However, do you know the best way to help your bottom line while the vehicle is not in motion?

Proper maintenance* of your vehicle and some pre-trip planning are some of the best ways to help reduce fuel consumption – and as an added bonus, reduce your overall carbon emissions and your total cost of ownership. These tips from our experts will help you achieve better MPG:

  1. Adhere to your vehicle’s recommended schedule for tune-ups, including checking and/or replacing the air filter if needed. A properly maintained vehicle not only helps increase fuel economy and performance, but also helps to keep a vehicle in tip-top shape when it comes time to sell.
  2. Change your oil on your vehicle’s recommended schedule. Motor oil keeps all the moving parts lubricated and running smoothly. And if possible, choose an environmentally friendly vendor who recycles used oil.
  3. Keep tires properly inflated. This information is located inside the door frame or in your owner’s manual. Poorly inflated tires decrease your fuel economy: for every three pounds below the recommended pressure, fuel economy is reduced by about 1%. This is increasingly important as we enter the winter months.

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  4. If possible, replace tires with low-rolling resistance tires. These tires are designed to improve fuel economy by minimizing wasted energy. The use of low-rolling resistance tires could save 1.5-4.5% of all gasoline consumption.
  5. Take your vehicle in for service if a warning light comes on. An improperly functioning vehicle part can reduce fuel economy and create unnecessary wear on the vehicle.
  6. Refuel your vehicle with regular grade gasoline unless your owner’s manual says otherwise. And while you’re there, never top off your gas tank beyond where the automatic nozzle clicks off to avoid any gas spills.
  7. Use the recommended grade of oil for your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended grade. By using incorrect oil, you can lower your MPG by as much as 2%.
  8. Clean out your trunk. Reducing the overall weight of your vehicle by removing unnecessary items can improve your fuel economy as much as 2%, according to the EPA. And if you’re driving a smaller car, the benefits can be even greater.
  9. Check your gas cap. A damaged, loose, or missing gas cap can cause gas to vaporize. Don’t drive around with a cap that should be replaced! Take it in for service.

And we’ve saved one of the most important tips for last:

  1. Plan your route ahead of time. Scoping out the most efficient route for all your stops is a great way to increase your MPG. And by knowing exactly where you’re going, there’s no need to sit and idle while checking GPS or planning your next stop. For every two minutes you idle your vehicle, you use about the same amount of gas you’d use to travel a mile.

By following these simple tips, you can positively impact your fuel consumption and your emissions output. These few changes to your behavior and maintenance routines could make a significant impact over the life of the vehicle.

*These are suggested ways to help increase MPG. Always stay in compliance with your company’s set maintenance parameters as they have been determined to be the most beneficial for your organization.

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Driver’s Corner

Slow down and save big. Did you know that gas mileage typically decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.25 per gallon for gas.

  • Don’t speed. Not only is it unsafe, but did you also know that for every 5 MPH you drive over 50 is like paying almost $0.25 per gallon more at the pump?
  • Limit the amount of extra weight you’re carrying in your vehicle. The EPA estimates that for every extra 100 pounds your car carries, it loses 2 percent in fuel economy, so clean out that trunk of any unnecessary items!

And finally…

And finally, another automaker enters the bike market. This time it’s Ford, with their E-Bike Concept unveiled a few weeks ago at Interbike 2013, the largest bike retailer convention. Said to have “cutting-edge technology” and “range-topping bicycle components,” the concept bike shows how the company’s design language can translate to two wheels. Its “cross-gender” design is meant to appeal to both men and women, and will be available early 2014. We’re happy to see that it has the iconic blue oval as the head badge. > Check out the pics here.

If you want the technical explanation of the components, check out Ford’s statement here.

Have a nice weekend. Safe travels.

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Originally appeared in FridayFleet on October 4, 2013

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