How Can You Optimize Fuel Efficiency in Your Vehicle?

April 30, 2020

Fuel gauge showing gas tank empty

Keeping Your Vehicle Fuel-Efficient

The cost of fuel seems to be on the rise this fall, so it may have you wondering what is the best way to make your vehicle more fuel-efficient.  There are a few ways that you can keep your vehicle as fuel-efficient as possible.

Regular Vehicle Inspection for Fuel-Efficiency

Having your vehicle regularly inspected and in proper running condition is the first key to fuel efficiency.  Simple things like a clogged air filter, worn spark plugs, a dirty throttle body, clogged fuel filter, or dirty oil, not keeping tires properly inflated, can reduce the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.  Addressing driver alerts like the Check Engine or Service Engine soon light may also help to increase fuel efficiency.  Also, have your gas cap checked regularly to make sure that the seal is not allowing fuel to escape and vaporize.

During these inspections, we would also advise having tire pressure checked and adjusted as needed and proper alignment of your vehicle checked.  It is important to be aware of anything that would cause your vehicle to work harder or cause undue drag.  Under or over-inflated tires can definitely hinder the gas mileage that you get on the road.

Keep Your Vehicle Light

Unclutter your vehicle, if you are driving around with your vehicle loaded down it can cause more work for your vehicle.  Lastly, look at your driving habits, are you racing to the stops or taking off fast from a stop?  Gradually letting your vehicle reach the desired speed conserves more fuel and is easier on the wear and tear of the vehicle.  Avoid excessive idling, while your car is running and not moving you are getting 0 miles to the gallon, no matter how fuel-efficient your vehicle is.

If you are wise with how you maintain and drive your vehicle, it can save you money at the fuel pump and on the repairs of your vehicle.  Keeping a vehicle well maintained increases the safety, reliability, and longevity of that vehicle.  Happy Motoring!

Karen Johnston, AUTO REPAIR INSIDER

All About Automotive, 139 NW 2nd Street, Gresham, OR 97030

Steve and Karen Johnston are owners of All About Automotive, providing auto repair and auto maintenance in Historic Downtown Gresham. If you have questions or comments, call them at 503-465-2926 or email them at cars@allaboutautomotive.com.