With gas prices at an all-time high, it is on everyone's mind. But, be careful because not everything works, and some things can cause damage or worse fuel economy than before.
Higher octane gas for more miles to the gallon:
There is a TikTok that has gone viral that explains that using higher octane fuel will improve your car's fuel economy but that is not true. You should only use the octane that your vehicle manufacturer recommends because using something else could cause damage or void warranties on your car.
Additives to the fuel tank:
Many additives have hit the market recently but are not recommended because they can cause other components to malfunction. Some fuel additives can cause the fuel filter to get gummed up causing you to get stuck on the side of the road.
What DOES work...
Addressing issues like check engine lights, tire pressure, and oil changes all prove to give your vehicle better fuel performance. There are a lot of vehicles that will seem to run fine but have the service engine soon light on. Your vehicle's manufacturer designed the sensors to perform at the most optimum abilities when your vehicle was built, so if there is a sensor that is not performing its job, that can cost you miles to the gallon. The replacement of those parts will pay for themselves in the long run anyway. Another thing you can do is roll the windows down over running the air conditioner. No matter the make, model or year of your vehicle, running the air conditioner pulls more energy. Replace your air filter, refer to your owner's manual to discover how often you should do that.
Fast acceleration and high speeds can also increase fuel usage, try accelerating moderately. Remember, the harder your engine works, the more fuel you burn.
If you are worried that you are not getting the best possible fuel economy, use the button below to book a service appointment and we can take a look at it for you. Keeping your car running to the best of its ability does more than ensure your arrival at your destination, it also will save you money.