1. REMOVE EXCESS WEIGHT FROM THE TRUNK
Get that junk out of the trunk! The more weight you have in your car can seriously affect the amount of gas your car uses. The heavier the vehicle is, the more power it will need to get rolling. Heavier vehicles have greater inertia (a greater resistance to move) which contributes to increased fuel consumption.
2. TURN OFF THE A/C
If you really want to preserve your gas mileage turn off the A/C, let down your hair and roll down the windows. Your vehicle’s fuel consumption rises significantly when you leave the a/c on. A/C takes a toll on your engine making it work harder to give you that gift of cool air, and we all know when the engine has to work harder it’s going to burn more gas to do it. So roll down your windows and enjoy life's free air conditioning.
3. CHECK YOUR GAS CAP
You read it right, even the quality and age of your gas cap can affect your vehicle's gas consumption. Vehicles are built with a gas cap for a reason, to keep the gas and the chemicals its composed of IN! If your gas cap isn’t on tight, or doesn’t fit correctly, or you don't even have one on at all, that's both harmful to your pocket and the world! When not used correctly it allows evaporates from the gas to escape which means you are both losing gas and letting those chemicals into the air we breathe (also known as pollution). So save some money and the world by checking to see if your gas cap is on correctly.
To check and make sure your gas cap is on tight, listen for a Hiss. When unscrewing the cap, listen for a hiss, this means the cap is tight enough.
4. TRACK YOUR FUEL ECONOMY
Tracking your fuel economy is an easy and free way to make sure you're not losing any gas, or if you are losing and to find out why. There are 2 ways you can track it:
Track using your car's odometer
Track using an App on your phone
5. GROUP YOUR ERRANDS
Save yourself some time and gas by grouping your errands together. Go grocery shopping on the way home from work. Plan ahead of time and get your errands done all at once and save yourself some time and gas while you're at it.
6. CHANGE YOUR BAD DRIVING HABITS
Work on getting rid of those bad driving habits like speeding, start and stop driving, and excessive idling to preserve your fuel economy. Don't forget, the harder your make your car work the more fuel it will burn.