How to Maximize Fuel Economy

Fuel economy has become a huge topic in the car world over the past several years. With the oil crisis and the emergence of hybrid cars, it is becoming a growing factor in the car buying market. The good news is that there is no need to purchase an entirely new car to reduce your fuel consumption. There are several driving techniques that can be used to maximize fuel efficiency in any car.

The first and easiest way to improve your car’s fuel economy is to cure yourself of the lead foot syndrome. You’re engine burns a large amount of fuel under hard acceleration. Many drivers wrongly assume that the engine speed in RPM’s is directly associated with the amount of fuel being used. The engine speed simple determines that rate at which fuel is being used. It is the amount of pressure on the gas pedal that determines the amount of fuel burned each time a cylinder fires. Therefore, moderate acceleration with little use of the gas pedal is a great way to cut down on fuel usage.

The next way to improve your car’s fuel economy is the use the air conditioning sparingly. The air conditioning system centers around the air conditioning compressor that is run by a belt on the engine. It takes a significant amount of power to run the compressor when the air conditioning is turned on. This equates to the use of more fuel. Having the windows down is a great substitute for the A/C that will save fuel.

If your car is equipped with a manual transmission, there are a few special ways to improve your fuel economy. One of those is to shift the transmission into neutral on long downhill stretches. This utilizes the momentum of the car and next to no gas is used. The next way is to shift the gears at a lower engine speed than an automatic car would. Performance will be sacrificed, but fuel will be saved.

The final way to improve fuel economy in your car is to keep up with all scheduled maintenance. Many problems due to poor maintenance habits can lead to less than optimal fuel economy. Everything from carbon deposits in the engine to a misaligned wheel can cause the car to burn more fuel than normal.

All in all, it does not take the purchase of a new hybrid car to cut down on fuel expenses. The simple conscience and improvement of driving habits can do wonders for your car’s fuel economy and put some extra money in your pocket.