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We all want more from our vehicles. This includes better fuel economy, reliable acceleration and braking power, and features that keep us warm and safe. But the one thing we all really want is improved fuel economy. The further you can drive on a tank of gas really does translate into more money in your pocket and frankly more positive feelings about your vehicle.

In fact when manufacturers promote a new vehicle, they often highlight the fuel economy or miles per gallon. These numbers are so critical to our decision-making process when buying a new or used car that car manufacturers are expected to provide real and valid fuel economy and miles per gallon numbers in their marketing collateral and vehicle literature. The recent issues surrounding Hyundai in 2011 regarding inflated claims of miles per gallon numbers, highlight how much stock we as drivers put in fuel economy and mileage.

With this in mind, the Car Care Council has released a list of driving tips and vehicle care advice that can help you improve your vehicle’s fuel economy. The Car Care Council is focused on providing education and resources for consumers on how best to look after vehicles. The Car Care Council supports and created the “Be Car Aware Campaign” that provides education on the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair for all drivers and consumers.

These tips provided by the Car Care Council can help you improve fuel economy. Keep in mind that these are recommendations and in no way guarantee that your fuel economy or miles per gallon will improve - but small steps like these can make a big difference in the overall performance of your vehicle:

  • Ensure your car is properly tuned - this can help improve gas mileage by an average of 4%.
  • Check your tire pressure regularly and keep tires inflated properly - this can help improve gas mileage by an average of 3%.
  • Replace old and dirty air filters on older vehicles - this can help improve gas mileage by as much as 14%.
  • Keep your spark plugs clean - dirty spark plugs can reduce gas mileage by 2 miles per gallon.
  • Get regular oil changes as recommended by your dealer and vehicle manufacturer. Doing this will add 1 mile per gallon to your fuel economy.
  • Make sure your gas cap is in good condition - a cracked, loose or missing gas cap results in gas vaporizing into the air.
  • Think about your speed. The faster you drive, the faster your gas tank empties - gas mileage decreases quickly at speeds over 60 miles per hour.
  • No one wants a cold car, but there is no need to warm up your car for longer than two minutes. An idling car is getting 0 miles per gallon.
  • Stopping and starting quickly and aggressively can impact your miles per gallon by 33% on the highway and 5% in the city.
  • Try to reduce the number of short trips you take in your vehicle. Multiple short trips from a cold start can use up to twice as much gas as one longer multi-use trip.
  • Think about how much your hauling around in your vehicle. The added weight in your trunk can impact your fuel economy - an extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces fuel economy by up to 2%.

 

As you can see these are rather simple and straight-forward tips that all of us should be following. Rather than advising that you take the bus or ride your bike to improve fuel economy - you can make a few minor adjustments to how you drive and ensuring that your vehicle gets regular maintenance. After all, if these small changes can result in more money in your pocket - everyone wins. Read our Auto Reviews to learn about vehicles with good fuel economy and gas mileage.