How to Improve Your MPG

March 31st, 2015 by

One of the most common questions our service center technicians are asked is how to improve your mpg on a vehicle without having to buy a new model. Does springing for premium gasoline make a difference? What about the air filter? Can an oil change improve the fuel economy of your vehicle?

The answer to one of those questions might surprise you; keep reading for five tips we have to help improve your mpg.Gasoline station fuel pumps

Saving at the Pump

While one of the best ways to ensure that you have low fuel bills is to buy a fuel-efficient car from the start, there are some things you can do to help improve your fuel economy without buying a new car:

  • Use the gasoline your manual recommends. Believe it or not, premium gasoline doesn’t necessarily give you more for your money unless your car is built for it. Always use the gasoline recommended by your owner’s manual to maximize your mpg.
  • Keep your tires inflated to the right PSI. If your tires are under-inflated, they will have more contact with the road, increasing friction and effectively slowing you down needlessly.
  • Change your air filter. The air filter makes sure dust and debris don’t make it into your engine, but if it gets clogged, it could keep air from getting in, causing your fuel to combust less and your mpg to drop.
  • Change your oil. The job of your oil is to make sure that everything in your engine is running smoothly, literally. If your oil gets old or picks up debris from your engine, it won’t cut your friction down the way it should, and that means your engine has to work harder for the same performance.
  • Press your ECON button. If you’re a Honda driver, there’s a good chance you’ve got a nice green ECON button on your dash that optimizes your engine’s performance for fuel economy.

Test Drive a New Honda

Honda vehicles are renowned for their fuel economy, and if you’re looking to improve your mpg, a new Honda is a great place to start. Contact Bosak Honda Highland to schedule a test drive of a new Honda and see that these cars are about so much more than their fuel economy.

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