Don’t even bother topping off the gas tank when you go to fill up. Let it run right on down — obviously not to a dangerously low level, be mindful of the distance between the next fuel stop. But if you’re pit-stopped for a lunch break and you’ve still got plenty of gas in the tank, don’t add any extra. All the extra gas will either seep out or slosh over, so don’t waste your cash paying for gas that won’t even get used. Also take note to check your fuel cap and make sure it’s not loosely screwed in!
Checking the tire pressure with a digital gauge once monthly, especially right before you head out onto the open road, will save you so much fuel it’s not funny. If you’re driving into the desert and leaving your car in the hot-hot sun throughout the days, check to make sure they’re not running a little low in between. The super heat from the sun will result in evaporation and tire deflation. Under-inflated tires are a huge factor for lost MPGs on the road!
Air filters are something you frequently want to get replaced. When your engine air filter clogs up with dust and dirt, it doesn’t only create a toxic combo you really don’t want to be inhaling, but it dangerously causes the engine to work much harder, and your car becomes a lot less fuel efficient.
Your car requires a certain type of oil to keep it running. You can seriously boost your car’s mileage by one or two percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. If you’re unsure of what’s recommended, do a quick search online or take your car to the dealership’s mechanic (some may even answer over the phone for you) to find out.
The shady spots are the best spots, that’s why they’re always the ones taken first! Parking in the shade as much as you can is ideal for gas mileage and keeping your car pristine. The hot sun really evaporates the fuel from your tank while it sits in the extreme heat all day, so finding a shady spot or investing in a sun shade is the way to go!