Many things affect your car's mileage, from the way you drive to the type of car you drive. However, the condition of your car (how well it is maintained) also has a huge part to play. Here are some of the car maintenance tips to execute if you want to increase your MPG:
Replace the Engine Filters Regularly
Anything that makes your engine work harder than necessary increases fuel consumption and dirty air filters is one of these things. The air filter is meant to clean the air getting into the engine; this is the air that is mixed with the fuel and combusted for energy production. If the filters are dirty, the engine will find it difficult to draw adequate air, and it will suffer, leading to poor mileage. Therefore, replace your filters regularly as recommended by your car's manufacturer.
Check the Tire Pressures Regularly
Driving with improperly inflated tires does not just interfere with your ride comfort; it also affects the fuel consumption. This is because improper inflation of the tires prevents them from coming into contact with the road fully as they were meant to do. This means the tires won't rotate efficiently, and you will need extra power to cover the same distance you would cover with properly inflated tires. Therefore, inflate your tires to the recommended pressure and check them regularly (tires lose some pressure after some time).
Avoid Roof Racks
A roof rack is bad for your car's MPG because it interferes with the flow of air over the car. This makes the car seem heavier than it is due to the increased drag; it's like increasing the resistance that the car has to overcome to move. The effect is especially worse for aftermarket racks that may be poorly shaped or oversized for your car. Therefore, if your vehicle didn't come with a roof rack, don't add one.
Ensure the Gas Cap Is Intact
The integrity of the gas cap also affects your mileage. This because the gas cap is equipped with a rubber seal to make it airtight, but this seal is subject to wear and tear just like other parts of the car. A deteriorated seal allows air and other contaminants to get in and mix up with the fuel, and contaminated fuel is bad for your MPG.
If your car hasn't been regularly serviced, then you are probably not getting as many miles per gallon as you should be getting. Talk to an auto repair shop to see how to remedy the situation.Share