How to Get the Most MPG out of Your Car

Now that summer is finally here, so is the season of road trips. Here are a few tips to get the most mileage out of your vehicle.

A/C on the Highway, Windows Down Around Town
At highway speeds, reduce aerodynamic drag and increase fuel economy by rolling up your windows and using the air conditioning. When driving at lower speeds, such as around town, roll down your windows instead of using the A/C to get the most MPG. At lower speeds there is less drag, so it's more efficient to roll the windows down to stay cool.
Check Your Tire Pressures
Tires that are underinflated will have more rolling resistance than those that are inflated to the proper PSI. Check your tire pressures to make sure they're set to the manufacturer specifications (found in your driver side door jamb) to make sure you're not losing MPGs.
Don't Accelerate Too Quickly or Brake Too Much
That's not to say you shouldn't brake when you need to, but excessive acceleration and braking can decrease mileage.
Use Cruise Control
Using cruise control will help you maintain a constant speed on the highway and save you fuel.
Take off the Carriers if You're Not Using Them for a While
Car top carriers create aerodynamic drag. If you're not going to be using it for a while, take it off.
Remove Excess Weight
Dragging around those golf clubs, sand bags from the winter and other things that add weight means your car has to work harder to get you around, which decreases mileage.
Combine Trips When You Can
Instead of making multiple trips out to run errands, try to consolidate them into one trip.
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