Bad driving habits have an impact on the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. Aggressive driving and speeding is not a way to obtain better fuel mileage. You should observe the speed limit and set your cruise control when it is safe to do so. Driving at a constant speed keeps you from accelerating when it is not needed, making for a more consistent optimal fuel economy. By removing unnecessary excess weight, you can increase your miles per gallon because your vehicle does not have to work as hard to power itself to move forward. Cold weather and frequent short stops also reduce your fuel economy, since your engine does not operate efficiently until it is warmed up.
Other ways to help your vehicle get better fuel mileage can be driving habits that you should change. Things like jackrabbit starts and speeding decline the miles per gallon. If you slowly accelerate, then less fuel will be wasted. It will also save on the condition of other parts of your vehicle. The same is true for braking. If you slam on the brakes, it can cause the brake system to wear out sooner than it typically should. Instead, try to anticipate any stop you might have to make. Driving with care can help the overall efficiency of the vehicle when you drive.
Another way to safe on fuel is make sure to empty out the vehicle the best you can. Do not use the vehicle as a storage unit. This extra weight will cause poor mileage when you travel. If your vehicle is free of extra weight and you still notice poor mileage, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. It could be a sign that maintenance is needed for your vehicle. If you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can help to prevent further damage in the long run. If you are not sure how often to have regular maintenance done, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you when the vehicle should be brought in.