How to Get Better Gas Mileage
How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Bradenton, FL
The rush you get from driving a Toyota is second to none. Whether for everyday use or weekend adventures, Toyota models offer an unforgettable ride every time. That is until you get a low fuel warning. Frequent stops at gas stations can sometimes cut an experience short or even cause unwanted delays in your commute. At Gettel Toyota of Lakewood, we’re here to help you get the most out of every gallon. While Toyota models offer great fuel economy already, there are still steps you can take to maximize your gas-powered vehicles efficiency.
Six Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage
1. Avoid Rush Hour
You can get better gas mileage by avoiding driving during peak traffic hours. We understand that changing your work schedule is not always possible, but there may be flexibility after hours or on the weekend! Whether you’re planning the best time of day to leave for a trip, completing errands on the way home from work or grouping together multiple stops on weekend runs, planning ahead can help you reduce your fuel consumption.
2. Remove Excess Weight
Excess weight in your car can lead to increased drag, which can cause your vehicle to require more fuel to cover the same distance. An extra 100 pounds of weight in your car can reduce fuel efficiency by up to one percent, resulting in a four cents per gallon increase in fuel costs.1 An easy solution is to remove unnecessary items from your car, such as heavy luggage, boxes or other bulky items.
3. Follow the Speed Limit and Use Cruise Control
When it comes to driving, it can be tempting to speed — especially on the highway! However, going over 50 mph can significantly reduce your gas mileage.1 We recommend using cruise control whenever possible to keep your car at a constant speed, which in turn will burn less fuel.
4. Don’t Let Your Car Idle For Long
It’s important to turn off your car whenever you’re not driving it. This helps to save fuel and reduce harmful emissions. If you need to keep your car running — for instance, while you’re stuck in traffic — it’s a good idea to turn off climate control to avoid using too much fuel while idling.
5. Use the Correct Grade of Motor Oil
It is essential that you use the right type of motor oil for your car. Using the motor oil specified by your vehicle’s manufacturer can help improve fuel efficiency by up to two percent.2
6. Schedule Routine Maintenance
Keeping up with your vehicle’s routine maintenance can make a huge difference in its fuel efficiency. Changing your oil, keeping your tires properly inflated and sticking to a regular servicing schedule are key ways to ensure better fuel economy. Need to schedule your service appointment? Trust your ride to the experts. Schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable team of technicians today!
If you need further advice about your vehicle or you’re interested in upgrading to a new fuel-efficient car or electrified vehicle, feel free to contact us or stop by our dealership at 5959 E State Rd 64, Bradenton, FL 34208 . We look forward to serving our customers near Sarasota, Brandon and Ruskin.
1For more information, visit Driving More Efficiently .
2For more information, visit Keeping Your Vehicle in Shape .