How to Increase Gas Mileage

Everyone knows that gasoline is getting expensive these days. However, by following few simple steps, one can improve a vehicle’s gas mileage. Besides that, you will save money for other important things in your life.

It doesn’t matter what type of vehicle you drive, few easy steps are helpful if you follow to improve your vehicle’s gas mileage. They are not complicated, expensive or costly measures like changing the fuel delivery systems or computer chips in the vehicle. The key is simple as decreasing the friction and weight. If either of these factors are greater, the more gas will be consumed.

Follow these few directions to increase your vehicle’s gas mileage and ease your wallet:

Things Needed:

  • Car Parts
  • Car Repair Shops
  • Car Mechanics
  • Air Filters
  • Tire Gauges
  • Maps

Gas Mileage


Step 1:

Check the vehicle’s tire pressure. Add air if it is low and bring the tire pressure to its recommended level.

Step 2:

Inspect the vehicle air filter. Replace it with a new one if it is old or dirty.

Step 3:

Don’t run the vehicle’s air conditioner for a very long time.

Step 4:

Drive in a calm manner. Unnecessary braking and acceleration should be avoided.

Step 5:

It is better to plan more efficient routes when driving in traffic.

Step 6:

If these steps don’t improve your mileage, then the care would need a tune up.

Step 7:

Check the gap on the spark plugs, a mechanic should be asked to do it. It can be adjusted or replaced if necessary.

Step 8:

Check if there are any bad fuel injectors, ask the mechanic. They should be replaced if necessary.

Additional Information

Look at the weight factor. Weight can be reduced without drilling lightening holes in the chassis and body or taking a cutting torch to your vehicle. Two types of weights have to be considered, sprung and un-sprung weight. Sprung weight is the weight born by the vehicle’s suspension which includes chassis, body, motor, trunk and interior. The Built-up road grime, mud and tar on the undercarriage, chassis and motor will add more weight to your vehicle as compared to a little amount of dirt which is washed from the body. There is an old saying that a clean car runs better. Cleaning the motor, undercarriage and motor with pressurized water will help.

Un-sprung weight is the weight of wheel, tires and axles. A lot cannot be done about the weight of axles. However tires and wheels are different things. If over-sized and extra-wide wheels or tires are used, then a price is being paid in reduced gas mileage. Lighter equipment should be used. The reductions in un-sprung weight will not only give increased gas mileage but there will be an improvement in the performance.

Friction is also the enemy of a better gasoline mileage. An increased friction will increase the energy. This includes inner friction in motor. This will lead to increased gas mileage and performance. Oil change after every 3000 or 5000 miles surely reduces the friction and will give a longer life to the motor.

Tips and Caution

  • SUVs naturally have poor fuel efficiency because of their big size.
  • Look for ways to lower fuel consumption if you cannot improve your car’s gas mileage. Walk or ride a bicycle when possible.
  • See a mechanic if your gas mileage suddenly falls because the car might have a grave problem.