The summer travel season is rapidly approaching which means gas prices in Georgia will soon start to creep back up. But Toyota of McDonough is here to help you with with 5 simple tips you can follow to improve your fuel economy and save you money on that summer road trip.
Following the recommend maintenance schedule for your vehicle will indeed help to improve your vehicles fuel economy. Things like changing your oil regularly and ensuring your tires, including the spare, are properly inflated and not showing signs of wear. To schedule your vehicle for service please contact our service department at (888) 454-8597.
Clean Out Your Vehicle
Traveling with excess weight in your vehicle makes your engine burn fuel faster thus degrading your fuel economy. Sports equipment, camping equipment, etc. it can pile up fast so make sure to clear out any unnecessary items before you hit the road.
Good Driving Habits
Bad habits are hard to break, but maximizing your fuel economy means utilizing good driving habits. Aggressive driving, rapid acceleration and speeding can all decrease your gas mileage by as much as 33%. Read up on techniques like Hypermiling but the steadier and more consistent your driving becomes the more fuel efficient your vehicle will be.
A little planning can go a long way to improving your vehicles fuel economy. Use online tools like Google Maps to plan the best route, schedule stops for food and gas, and find cool places to stop along the way. There is even a free navigation app called Waze that used crowd sourced information to show traffic, alert you of nearby police, and help you avoid other road hazards that will slow you down and kill your fuel economy.
Don’t Be Fooled by Cruise Control
Many of us have been fooled by the myth that setting you cruise control between 60 and 65 MPH and leaving it will produce a constant speed and there for better fuel economy. However, this does not take into account shifts in terrain, your engine must work a lot harder to maintain speeds while going uphill. So save the cruise control for those long, flat stretches of road and take over during the inclines and declines in the road.
With a little forethought and planning you can dramatically improve your fuel economy while on the road this summer. Keeping your vehicle clean and properly maintained, using good driving habits, and utilizing online tools and apps will all go a long way to keeping that hard earned cash in your pocket this summer.