Friday, May 28, 2010

Tips for Improving Your Mileage

[] Check tire pressure. There's a 1percent loss of fuel efficiency for every 2 PSI under maximum pressure (usually in the 35-psi range). So if you're running at 26 psi, you're giving up about 5 percent fuel efficiency.

[] A synthetic motor oil can improve fuel efficiency. You can realize a 5 percent to 10 percent gain by switching to a synthetic motor oil such as Mobil 1.

[] Drive slower. Most modern automobile engines are most efficient at below-highway speeds. Around 55 mph gets maximum efficiency. The gas mileage difference between 60 mph and 80 mph is going to be in the 15 percent range.

[] Take out the added weight from your vehicle. For every 100-pounds in cargo, you're burning about 2 percent more gas. Avoid putting cargo on the roof, which diminishes gas mileage.

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