5 Tips On Making Your Chevrolet More Fuel Efficient
As fuel prices continue climbing new heights, increasing your car’s mileage can be the only way to protect your budget. Here are top 5 tips to make your Chevrolet more fuel efficient.
- Keep your car’s tires inflated and aligned properly. This will save the fuel that the engine has to consume for drag. Buy LRR (low rolling resistance) tires, which reduce rolling resistance by 10% and improve fuel efficiency for most cars. New vehicles are coming with these tires only. If you have an old car, you may consider replacing.
- Minimize the load you need to carry in your car. Every 100 pounds you carry around reduces your car’s fuel efficiency by 1-2%. Placing heavy items inside the car instead of on the roof rack can reduce drag significantly. You may also take off the roof rack when not in use. This will reduce the wind resistance, and thus consume less fuel.
- Your car’s engine burns some extra fuel during startup, but if you let it idle for more than one minute, it will burn more fuel than switching it off and restarting it. So, the idea is to not let your car’s engine stay idle for more than 60 seconds. Try purchasing a car with stop-start technology, in which the engine automatically switches off and on whenever foot is taken off the brake pedal.
- Whenever possible, try to park your car in shade. This will minimize fuel evaporation, and keep your car cool during summers. Air conditioning in your car increases fuel consumption. Open windows when there is cleaner fresher air outside. And an obvious tip is to walk more and drive less. Drive your car only when it is necessary. If you are going to a short distance, you may consider walking. It is fuel efficient, and healthy too.
- The faster your car runs, the more fuel it burns. According to a research, driving at 50mph consumes 9% less fuel than at 60mph and 15% less at 70mph. Running fast increases your car’s drag, and the amount of fuel your car will burn. Avoid rapid braking and accelerating, and try more of smooth steering, accelerating and braking. This reduces fuel consumption caused due to suspension movement.
Simple car maintenance, like regular air filter and oil changes, spark plug replacements etc. will keep your car maintained, and also improve its fuel efficiency. So, try to incorporate these tips in your car driving habits, and see a major change in your car’s fuel efficiency.
Head on over to Reedman-Toll Chevrolet of Exton, to make sure your Chevrolet is in tip-top shape!