Even 30 years ago, motorists in the US burnt gasoline without the slightest thought, and in 2022, fuel efficiency came to the fore. But today, gas expenses even in the most fuel-efficient cars begin to significantly affect the family budget. The expert tips from the Indy Auto Man mechanics will help reduce fuel consumption and extend the engine life.

Car Operation Tips

Often, drivers, especially those with little driving experience, neglect to periodically check the technical condition of the car, not to mention the alarm indicators like “Check engine”. Even the airflow sensor failure leads to the formation of a bad air-fuel mixture. As a result, the power of the car drops, accelerations, and explosions do not occur when the accelerator pedal is pressed sharply, and gasoline quickly evaporates from the tank. The Indy Auto Man experts strongly recommend periodically calling in a car service to perform computer diagnostics, which can already identify several problems at the initial stage. At the same time, it is worth writing down the number of detected errors to systematize them later and quickly determine the faulty assembly or part. If the error is new, it is crucial to decipher it immediately and find out what is wrong.

Economy Driving Features

Driving style greatly affects the condition of the car and fuel consumption. Those who like jumpstarts and sharp braking with a squeal of tires on the pavement will stop by the gas station much more often and spend more money accordingly. The following driving tips will help reduce fuel consumption:

  • Driving at high speeds and constant start-stops in city traffic jams increases fuel consumption by 20%, so it is recommended to choose a speed that matches the traffic flow.
  • Music, additional electrical appliances, heated windows, and mirrors speed up the tank emptying by 15%, so it is worth evaluating what can be switched off without reducing driving safety. 
  • For cars with automatic transmission, it is best to choose a speed with minimum revolutions in a particular gear. This mistake is often made by novice motorists when they keep the car revs high, preventing it from shifting into a higher gear. The driver should give it more gas, and the car will shift to a higher gear, reduce engine speed and begin to consume less fuel.
  • On the highway, it would be best to drive behind a truck. The essence of the method is that the car moves along the highway behind a large vehicle at a distance of 10-20 feet and encounters practically no air resistance, saving a lot of fuel. In addition, the driver adapts to the smooth speed of the truck, moving without acceleration and deceleration.
  • Driving with closed windows. Open windows impair aerodynamics, and more fuel is required to overcome air resistance. It is better to turn on the air conditioner when driving at high speed – fuel consumption will be less.
  • Drivers often neglect the manufacturer’s recommendations, seating more passengers or putting all the harvest from their garden in the trunk. The result is an overload of the car when it starts to consume fuel much faster.

Summing Up

So, how to reduce fuel consumption and extend the life of the engine and gearbox? 

  • Choose a calm, even driving style that excludes sudden braking and sharp starts from traffic lights.
  • Periodically clean the fuel system with special compositions, which are countless on the market today.
  • Make it a rule, especially on cars with a mileage of over 60,000 miles, to use special additives that reduce friction in the engine creating a slick on the cylinder surface. The reduced friction will increase the engine power and significantly extend its service life.
  • After visiting the gas station of a new fuel manufacturer, try to notice how many miles you have traveled. After the comparison, choose the company where the result of fuel consumption was minimal. You will have to keep the driving style and route for several weeks so that the result is as accurate and objective as possible, without the slightest error from forced changes from the goal.

On average, an experienced driver can reduce fuel consumption by 20%. If thinking over the route in advance, excluding traffic jams and forced start-stops, the result can increase up to 25-30%. If you are very worried about fuel economy but do not want to change your habits, it is worth replacing your car with a hybrid. Despite the higher cost, such a move will save several hundred dollars a month in the family budget. And if buying a used hybrid car in Indianapolis at Indy Auto Man, the purchase will appear even more beneficial.