How to Get Better Mileage Out of Your Vehicle

With high gas prices, most drivers are looking for ways to limit the amount of driving they are doing and if they do have to drive, looking for ways to limit gas usage. By driving safely and being aware, you can get better mileage and save a few dollars, too! Give these tips a try.

  • Replacing certain parts will help improve your gas mileage. Replacing your mass air flow sensor, oxygen sensor, or your spark plugs can help you improve your ride’s gas consumption.
  • Avoid driving over 45 MPH when you’re not on the highway. Staying around the zone of 40- 45 MPH is a great speed for reducing fuel consumption.
  • When driving on the highway, use your cruise control to stay at a consistent speed. Braking and changing speeds often will make your car use more fuel.
  • Slow down slowly. When coming up to stop signs or red lights, try to gradually reduce your speed so that you do not have to slam on the brakes at any point. This means you have to accelerate less and will not be using as much fuel.
  • Use a liberal following distance when driving behind other vehicles. You do not want to be tailgating another car too badly because whenever they stop you will have to brake suddenly. Every time you brake you are killing any momentum you had going, meaning you just have to accelerate again, using more fuel in the process.
  • Remove your roof rack when you’re not using it. Studies have shown that a roof rack can limit the aerodynamics of a car.

3 Tools to Keep in Your Car

When operating a motor vehicle, you never know when problems will arise. One minute you’re cruising along the roadway with not a care in the world, and the next minute you’re wondering how so much could have gone wrong in such a small amount of time. We’ve all been there, and will likely be there again at some point in our lifetime. However, there are some things that can keep the bad times on the side of the road at a minimum. Be sure to always keep your car stocked with these three essential tools, and you’ll be patting yourself on the back later.

 1.) Jumper Cables

Sometimes, car batteries lose their charge. So, keeping jumper cables in your car makes you a handy person, indeed. Dead batteries can present themselves at any given time, and having jumper cables at the ready makes dealing with the process so much smoother. Also, if you’re broken down on the side of the road, it’ll be easier for someone to come to your aid if you have jumper cables. Not only that, but it’ll be easier for you to help someone else too.

2.) Flashlight

A lot of cellphones come with built in flashlights these days. But, there are times when you experience car trouble at night AND your phone is dead. Yes, life can be that cruel. However, if you keep a compact flashlight in your glove compartment, you’ll be able to shine some light on the problem. Whether it be a flat tire or a debit card lost between the seats, a flashlight is essential for nighttime car issues.

3.) Multi-Tool

While it would be amazing to have a tool box handy at all times, the reality of such is not realistic. Therefore, it is much simpler to keep a multi-tool in your car. These tools come fit with pliers, wire cutters, screwdrivers, knives, and scissors. In short, a multi-tool provides you with several options to get the job done, and provides you with plenty of tools to help tackle plenty of car problems!

Not every tool fits every problematic situation you’ll encounter while operating a motor vehicle. However, these three tools are car staples that any responsible driver should have located within their cars. Find a convenient place to store each within your vehicle, and you just might thank yourself for it when trouble presents itself.