Many new vehicles today have a great MPG (Miles Per Gallon) rating, which unfortunately can be affected by improperly inflated tires. Improperly inflation will lose its shape and its ability to rolling with the minimum amount of friction. This friction is know as rolling resistance or rolling friction With the increase in friction the drive-train’s efforts in moving a vehicle forward requires it to work hard., resulting in more fuel consumption to increase power output to move the vehicle down the road.
The good new is, there happens to be an easy fix to this commonly overlooked condition on many vehicles today. First you must know when is the right time to check your vehicle’s tire pressure and how to do so. The best time to check your pressure is before the vehicle is driven after it has been parked for a long period of time. The longer it has been the more accurate the pressure reading would be. My recommendation would be checking it first thing in the morning at less once a week. This will help you monitor any loss of air to tirepressure gausge1prevent any unnecessary tire wear or decrease in fuel economy. Next you will need to identify what the proper pressure for the tires of your vehicle. You must understand there is no magic pressure number which all vehicle are set to. Each vehicle type may require different pressure based on vehicle weight, load capacity, and/or road conditions. Find this information in the past may have be difficult, but now manufacturers display the vital information on a tire pressure placard located on the near or on the driver’s side door. Once you have location the tire pressure chart, you may proceed by checking the pressure with a pressure gauge. After checking each wheel compare the pressure to the chart and add or remove air as needed.
Tips on Reducing Fuel Consumption
Driving more efficiently
--Stay within posted speed limits, all vehicles are different and achieve their optimal fuel efficiency at different speeds, but usually gas mileage decreases at speeds above 60 mph.
-Aggressive driving like constant braking and rapid acceleration uses up more fuel it can lower your gas mileage up to 33% at highway speeds.
-Remove any excess weight you are carrying unnecessarily in your vehicle for every extra 100 pounds you carry you reduce your gas mileage by 2%.
-Avoid carrying large objects for long period of times on the roof of your car as this extra load changes the shape of your car reducing aerodynamic drag and decreases you fuel economy by 5%.
-Prevent excessive idling, it is the equivalent of 0 mpg, but yet you are consuming the fuel regardless.
-If your vehicle is equipped with overdrive gears use them, this reduces the engine speed reducing the fuel consumption.
-When driving conditions allow it use your cruise control.
-You must always keep your car in proper operational condition.
-By keeping your tires properly inflated you can save up to 3.3 %, and properly inflated tires last longer and are safer.
-Make sure you are using the proper motor oil grade recommended by manufacturer, otherwise you can lower you gas mileage by up to 1.5%. Look for the motor oil with the
“Energy Conserving” sticker, it contains friction reducing additives.
-Replacing a dirty or clogged air filter will improve gas mileage only on carburetter 1970s vehicles and older by 2 % – 6% in normal conditions or by up to 14% on severely clogged up air filters. This is not the same on cars from the 1980s onward, on these computer controlled fuel injected cars a new air filter will improve acceleration by up to 11% but it will do absolutely nothing for gas mileage
-Combine errands in one trip.
-Avoid peak rush hour.
-Carpool you can save fuel costs in half and less wear on your vehicle.
-If possible use public transportation.
-Get a more fuel efficient vehicle.
By following all of these tips you will be able to save on fuel expenses, as well as in maintenance costs. And if you like your car and are not interested in replacing it, you may be able to keep it. Even the smallest of the improvements translates in a possible savings of hundreds of dollars a year.