Summer is steaming up again! And for many, that means so are rides to the beach, adventures to the amusement park, and long drives to the many road trip checkpoints. Maybe for you summer means heading up to the lake, or venturing to a concert, or driving to the airport with a distant destination ahead. Summer seems to bring infinite opportunities for joy… Until you factor in cost. The season’s endeavors come with fees, and they’re often hefty ones. Hence, the odds of crossing off all your sunshine bucket-list experiences may seem short of golden and bright.
But the season’s endeavors also come with driving. A lot of driving. And, with a single gallon of gas generally costing more than some savory summertime ice cream cones, cutting back on fuel exertion serves as an ample opportunity to eliminate some of the expense. In other words, improving your gas mileage can heighten your capacity for summer fun.
So, with May over and June already upon us, so is the pressure to improve your gas mileage. How do you do this?
1. Put the pressure on the tires—under inflation leads to under performance. The tire inefficiency that results causes any given distance to demand higher fuel usage than if the tires were fully inflated and running efficiently. Obvious and cheap fix: keep your tire pressure up.
2. To be better, get better—better tires, that is. Applying the same principle that tire performance maintains a direct relationship with gas mileage, you can equip your vehicle with low rolling resistance tires. Crafted to minimize friction creation, these tires work more efficiently than average tires because they employ less fuel to travel any given distance than average tires. So better tires, better gas mileage.
3. Brake with grace—abruptly halting requires more energy than softly stopping. Thus, your vehicle can save fuel by slowly breaking. It’s beneficial to anticipate stop signs, red lights, and pedestrians as a result. Laying off the gas pedal while approaching these typical road-entities not only decreases gas exertion, but, decreases highly unnecessary gas exertion. Fight the compulsion to speed when in a rush by reasoning that you’d only be hurrying up to wait.
4. Lighten up—literally. It’s easy to weigh down your vehicle with bikes, beach chairs, and luggage. But, retaining consciousness of this while packing can help you limit the load. When you minimize the pounds, you minimize the fuel required to maneuver your vehicle—and thus—improve your gas mileage.
5. Take a golf ball lesson—or rather, a lesson from a golf ball. Golf balls consist of dimples which contribute to their aerodynamic property. Likewise, vehicles coated in dimples—vehicles with streamlining skin—drive more aerodynamically. This reduces the amount of fuel essential for streamlined vehicles to travel a certain distance relative to regular vehicles. Hence, streamlining your vehicle can also facilitate in boosting your gas mileage.
With the application of the above tips, your summer is starting to look pretty golden and bright again. Whether summer means finally going to that parachuting school, visiting family for a barbeque, letting the warm breeze lead the way, or even doing all three, you can get there thanks to your summertime-friendly gas mileage.