How to improve fuel economy:

Use these tips to increase car fuel economy.

How to improve fuel economy: improve your car fuel economy with these mileage tips.

Anything that impedes the movement of the vehicle down the road such as tire rolling resistance, wind resistance, brake drag, wheel alignment, engine efficiency and driveline friction affects car fuel economy.

Some items like wind resistance are difficult to avoid. However, tire rolling resistance, brake drag, wheel alignment, engine efficiency and driveline friction can all be optimized for a sizeable gain in mileage.

Advance Auto Parts carries the top brands of lubricants and fuel system cleaners that will help your car deliver optimum fuel economy, along with a complete line of quality auto parts.

Why you should improve your car fuel economy:

There are three areas to consider when trying to attain or beat the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mileage claims for your vehicle:

  • Reducing parasitic losses
  • Maximizing engine efficiency
  • Changing your driving style

Don't look to any single item for a massive mileage increase. It's a game that requires discipline to find many small improvements that will add up to a possible a 10-15 percent overall increase in fuel economy.

What you will need to boost your vehicle fuel economy:

How to improve fuel economy on your own and save:

  1. Keep tires inflated to recommended pressure and within one pound of each other. Low tire pressure can cost 1-2 mpg.
  2. Dragging brakes can decrease vehicle fuel economy. Regular brake inspections will help you keep your car rolling and stopping.
  3. Synthetic lubricants have been proven to greatly reduce friction in engines and differentials. Reduced friction means better mileage and more power. Dirty oil can cost up to .5 mpg in vehicle fuel economy.
  4. Keep the air filter clean or upgrade to a high flow filter element. Add fuel injector cleaner to the gas tank every 5,000 miles to help injectors vaporize fuel properly. A dirty air filter can cost up to 2 mpg in fuel economy.
  5. Regular tune-ups are crucial to engine efficiency. Replace spark plug wires every 50,000-60,000 miles, depending on how severe your driving conditions are. A complete tune up can yield you as much as 10 MPG!
  6. Acceleration requires more horsepower and uses additional fuel. The harder you accelerate the more fuel you use. Go easy on the gas.
  7. Air conditioning is one of those parasitic losses that can be eliminated by simply turning off a switch. This is a big one -- usually worth 1-2 mpg.

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