3 Ways You Can Make Your Car More Fuel Efficient

Author // NPR Car Talk
Posted in // Hybrid battery replacement, Hybrid cars fuel economy, Replacing a hybrid battery

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It’s no secret. Thanks to the amazingly innovative design of hybrid car batteries, hybrid vehicles have the best fuel economy out there. The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid, for example, has a combined fuel economy of 45 miles per gallon, and the 2014 Honda Insight Hybrid has a fuel economy of 42 miles per gallon.

That being said, just because your car isn’t a hybrid doesn’t mean you can’t make it more fuel efficient. There are plenty of ways to do that. Here are just a few!

Inflate Your Tires Properly.

One of the easiest, fastest ways to make your care more fuel efficient is to inflate your car’s tires properly. Properly inflated tires will actually provide a 3% reduction in fuel consumption. It might not sound like a lot, but that’s like saving seven cents per gallon. It’s recommended that you check your tires’ pressure at least once a month to ensure that they’re properly inflated.

Check Your Engine’s Air Filter.

If your engine’s air filter is in rough shape, then it’s going to reduce its fuel economy, and could even stall your car when it’s idling. This is particularly an issue if you live somewhere dusty, such as a desert area. Dust is the worst enemy of an engine’s air filter.

Drive More Cautiously.

Another easy thing you can do to get more miles out of your gas is to stop driving so aggressively. Don’t speed, rapidly accelerate, and quickly brake. It wastes gas. Driving more cautiously can actually reduce gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds, and about 5% when driving around town. Plus, it’s also safer.

Although the best way to save on fuel is to have a car with a hybrid battery, you can use these steps to improve your own vehicle’s fuel economy. If you have any questions, feel free to share in the comments.

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