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From world events out of our control to inflation, filling up your vehicle has never been more expensive. There may be nothing you can do about the cost of fuel, but you can certainly make changes to your driving habits—changes that can result in improved fuel economy, and lower bills at the gas station. Read on with Toronto’s Golden Mile Chrysler, and learn about 5 ways you can improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

How To Improve Your Fuel Economy

Not only are the following five tips easy changes you can make to your everyday driving habits, they will help you improve your vehicle’s fuel economy at a time when gas prices are higher than ever. Follow these directions, and you will be able to save a bit when it comes time to refuel your ride. They are, in no particular order:

Remove Unnecessary Weight

You don’t haul your trailer around unless you need it, right? Well while that’s an extreme example, the truth is every little bit counts. In fact, studies have shown that every 45 kg of additional weight found in your vehicle, your fuel economy can go down by about 1%. While that might not seem like much, removing that bag of softball equipment is an easy step toward improving your fuel economy.

Drive Slow

Most modern vehicles are engineered to perform at their best up to about 80 km/h. So while it might be fun to open it up a little when no one else is around, driving fast can have a serious impact on your fuel economy. Stick to the speed limit, and you’re likely to see that tank of gas last a little longer.

Utilize Cruise Control

If you’re on the highway, you might have to drive faster than 80 km/h; however, you’ll also have the opportunity to use your vehicle’s cruise control. By maintaining a constant speed, your vehicle will fall in a rhythm that allows it to continue driving at high speeds, only in the most efficient manner possible.

Drive Smooth

One way you can improve your fuel efficiency is by driving in a smooth and controlled manner. Everytime you stop and start, you’re using fuel. Now, if you’re particularly heavy on the gas or the brakes, your vehicle is forced to make quick adjustments that can end up using more fuel—by decreasing your fuel efficiency anywhere from 15 to 30%. 

Proper Vehicle Maintenance

Now, this is something that comes up time and time again. By ensuring that you’re completing the scheduled or suggested maintenance for your vehicle, you’ll be ensuring that it performs its absolute best. From properly aligned wheels and inflated tires, to regular oil changes, not only will your vehicle retain its value longer, but it will also help you save at the pumps.

There’s plenty of ways you can spend your money that are more fun than at the gas station. Follow the five tips on improving your fuel efficiency above, and you’ll be able to save a bit so you can spend that money elsewhere. For more tips on how to get the most out of your vehicle, follow our blog or swing on by Golden Mile Chrysler, the home of the Swinging Lady, and let Toronto’s most trusted Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram dealership show you the way!