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Whether gas prices are high or low, everybody wants to get better gas mileage on the road. With our fast-paced lives and busy schedules, we don't have time to be stopping at the pump every day (plus, the low fuel light often comes on at the worst times!). That's why we're sharing some of our favorite tips to improve gas mileage today!

 

1. Drive and Accelerate Slower

Driving slower not only keeps you safer and more in control of your vehicle, but it can also raise your mpg’s. Fuel economy peaks around 50 mpg on most vehicles and drops as speeds increase. Reducing your highway speeds by 5-10 mph can increase your fuel economy by as little as much as 14%. Quick and hard acceleration in stop-and-go traffic can also cost you over 20% more in gas than steady accelerators.

 

2. Use Cruise Control

When driving long distances or at consistent speeds, you can turn on the cruise control to save on gas. Driving at consistent speeds reduces heavy acceleration, causing your fuel economy to go up – and your gas bill to go down!

 

3. Clean Out Your Car

It's true. Having a clutter-free car actually reduces high gas mileage and saves you money at the pump. An additional 100 lbs in your car can actually reduce gas mileage by up to 1% – so, simply cleaning out your car of excess items can help save on gas.

 

4. Turn Off Your Car at the Pump

Did you know that idling gets zero miles per gallon? Turning your car off at the pump is a great way to save on fuel and to care for our world (we consume several billion gallons of fuel per year this way, according to the U.S. Department of Energy). Plus, turning your car off at the pump can save about 3 cents per minute!

 

5. Check Your Tire Pressure

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 1.25 billion gallons of gas are wasted each year due to under-inflated tires! If a tire is under-inflated by 10 psi, your fuel economy can reduce to 10% (increasing your cost of gas by 31 cents per gallon!). Checking your vehicle's alignment can also increase fuel efficiency by improving tire performance.

 

6. Change Your Spark Plugs

Bad spark plugs can decrease fuel economy by 30% (costing you almost $1 more per gallon!). If you notice your car's gas mileage dropping suddenly, it might be a good time to have your spark plugs checked and replaced.

 

7. Invest in a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle.

The car industry has been working hard to reduce fuel emissions and take care of our planet by investing in the future of electric and hybrid vehicles. Mitsubishi has a great line-up of fuel-efficient cars, including the Mitsubishi Mirage, getting up to 36 mpg in the city and an incredible 43 mpg on the highway. Mitsubishi also proudly manufactures plug-in hybrid vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

 

We hope you enjoyed these tips on saving money at the pump! Our car experts are always here and happy to help you discover the best low-mileage vehicle for you. Just stop into our Bob Penkhus Mitsubishi showroom or contact us today for a test drive!

 

- Your friends at Bob Penkhus Mitsubishi 

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