How you drive, how you maintain your vehicle and what kind of vehicle you have all have to do with how much fuel you burn. If you’re looking to keep your fuel costs down, the Folsom Auto Mall has some tips that might help.

First, consider how you drive. If you want to save on gas, you need to try to drive more efficiently. That means, no quick starts or hard stops. Using cruise control can help you maintain a consistent speed and ultimately use less gas. Try to plan your trips ahead of time, avoiding rush hour if possible and consolidating several smaller trips into one longer trip. Long distances at more consistent speeds will help you keep your tank fuller for longer. Observing the speed limit will also use your fuel more efficiently. According to theguardian.com, The Energy Saving Trust says that the most efficient speed you can travel in a car in terms of achieving the best fuel economy is 55-65mph. Faster than that causes fuel efficiency to decrease rapidly. Driving at 85mph, for example, uses 40% more fuel than at 70mph (you might also get a speeding ticket).

Removing excess weight can also help you achieve your best miles per gallon. Keep heavy and unnecessary items out of your trunk. If you’re not using your roof boxes or bike racks regularly, remove those too. Unnecessary weight and drag can burn up fuel quickly. The lighter and more aerodynamic your vehicle, the better off you’ll be.

Maintenance is an important aspect of fuel economy. Keeping your vehicle in tip-top condition ensures your engine will burn fuel more efficiently. That means changing your oil regularly, checking your fluid levels and changing your air filters when needed. Additionally, keeping your tires properly inflated can make a difference too. FuelEconomy.gov says, “You can improve your gas mileage by 0.6% on average—up to 3% in some cases—by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by about 0.2% for every 1 psi drop in the average pressure of all tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.”

Many newer vehicles are outfitted with start-stop technology which can automatically save on gas by shutting off the engine while the vehicle is at rest. It essentially eliminates idle emissions and cuts fuel use when you’re not in motion. The logic is simple: why burn gas while you’re just sitting there? According to Edmunds, engineers have claimed that stop-start systems can give you potential fuel savings as high as 12%. That can average around 3 mpgs higher than a similar vehicle without start-stop.

Driving without air conditioning is also a fuel saver. According to FuelEconomy.gov, during very hot conditions, AC use can reduce a conventional vehicle's fuel economy by more than 25%, particularly on short trips. You can try putting the windows down instead (that doesn’t have any measurable effect on fuel economy).

Considering an electric or hybrid model is also another obvious fuel saver. Technology has improved over the years and more electric and hybrid vehicles are available - and are more affordable - than ever before. You’ll also save money with potential tax credits.

Visit the Folsom Auto Mall to find a huge selection of fuel efficient vehicles, including electric and hybrid models - all on sale right now! Or, schedule service, to ensure you’re getting the most fuel efficiency out of your current vehicle. Hope that helps!
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