How to Get Better Gas Mileage
How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Punta Gorda, FL
Nothing compares to the freedom and adventure you’ll experience when driving in your new Hyundai! Until you realize you’re low on gas, that is. At Gettel Hyundai of Charlotte County, we understand that stopping for fuel can be inconvenient, so our team wants to help you make the most of each gallon. If you’re interested in upgrading, we have a great selection of electrified vehicles , but if you’re not ready to say goodbye to your gas-powered ride, here are some steps you can take to get better fuel efficiency from your vehicle.
Six Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage
1. Avoid Rush Hour
Planning your route ahead of time can help you avoid rush hour, get better gas mileage and arrive at your destination more quickly! While you may not always have flexibility in your work schedule, you can still save fuel by making the most of your time after work and on the weekend. If you’re planning a family road trip, we recommend you research the best times to travel in advance. And if you have a busy schedule, you can run errands after work to avoid the 6 p.m. traffic jam on the way home. Grouping your errands in one part of town can also help you reduce fuel consumption and save money!
2. Remove Excess Weight
Carrying unnecessary items in your car can increase drag, decreasing its overall fuel efficiency. Every 100 pounds of extra weight in your vehicle can reduce fuel economy by up to one percent, resulting in an additional cost of around four cents per gallon!1 Keeping your vehicle’s load light is a great way to increase fuel efficiency and save money. We recommend removing any extra items from your car, including heavy or bulky objects, boxes or outdoor gear.
3. Follow the Speed Limit and Use Cruise Control
When it comes to driving, it’s important to avoid speeding — as driving above 50 mph can significantly reduce your car’s gas mileage.1 When you need to go faster than 50 mph, use cruise control to maintain a steady pace and prevent yourself from speeding up and slowing down abruptly, as this negatively impacts fuel efficiency.
4. Don’t Let Your Car Idle For Long
It’s always a good idea to turn off your vehicle when you’re not using it. If you find yourself stuck in traffic or in a position where you can’t turn your car off, you can turn off the climate control systems to help with fuel efficiency.
5. Use the Correct Grade of Motor Oil
With any gas-powered car, it’s essential to replace your car’s motor oil regularly. Using the motor oil recommended for your vehicle by its manufacturer can improve your model’s fuel economy by up to two percent! 2
6. Schedule Routine Maintenance
It is important to stay on top of your car’s maintenance needs. Keeping your tires properly inflated, getting regular oil changes and scheduling other routine services can help keep your car running smoothly while also improving its fuel efficiency.
When was the last time your vehicle was serviced? Make an appointment with our experienced auto technicians today!
If you need further advice about your vehicle or you’re interested in upgrading to a new fuel-efficient car or electrified vehicle, feel free to contact us or stop by our dealership at 1950 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 . We look forward to serving our customers near Port Charlotte, North Port, Venice and Fort Myers.
1For more information, visit Driving More Efficiently .
2For more information, visit Keeping Your Vehicle in Shape .